When you're exploring your options regarding hypnosis to quit smoking, success rate will no doubt be first subject on your mind. After all, who wants to blow a hundreds of dollars on a method that may not actually work?
I’m often asked about my success rate by those who call up to enquire about my services and I always give the same answer: ‘I don’t know’.
This doesn’t mean I’m a sloppy therapist who pays no attention to the impact that her work has on her clients; far from it. It just means that I don’t collect the data and perform the studies that would be required to give you an accurate and honest answer; therefore I don’t give you one at all.
On the other hand, I can tell you that I have helped hundreds of clients to quit smoking, sometimes in as little as one session; and that those clients have referred many of their friends to me.
If you want to give up cigarettes permanently with hypnotherapy, there are three key factors that will come into play in relation to whether or not your therapy will be effective.
Remove The Triggers
Almost all smokers have certain times in the day where they feel compelled to have a smoke. Some examples are first thing in the morning, while waiting for something or after meals.
These are triggers in the mind that connect the act of smoking with the act of doing something specific, and they are locked in the subconscious; that’s why they feel automatic to you. IE: You don’t know why you smoke after meals; you just do it.
A qualified hypnotherapist can remove these triggers from your mind in a fraction of the time that it would take you to train yourself to do it. With the triggers gone, it’s much easier to stick to your decision to stay away from cigarettes in the long term.
Deal With The Cause
Some people just smoke because they have always smoked. Until they decided to quit, it never occurred to them to not smoke. Each time you do something, you get used to doing it and that action becomes more and more ingrained in your automatic behaviour. This is how habits are formed.
Other people smoke to fill a deeper need. For example, they may smoke when they are stressed, angry or overwhelmed. If you fall into this second category, your hypnotherapist must explore the cause in more detail and address this in the therapy, or it will not work.
A part of you smokes because it helps you in some way. A hypnotherapist can direct your subconscious to help you in more positive ways so you don’t have to smoke in order to feel good.
Choose An Experienced Hypnotherapist
The cost of hypnotherapy can vary significantly from practitioner to practitioner; so it may be tempting to go for the cheapest price; but just as the most expensive therapist is not necessarily the best option, neither is the cheapest.
The real questions you need to ask yourself before booking in with a hypnotherapist are:
- How long has this person been practising?
- Does she have an accredited qualification?
- Do I feel comfortable with her?
If you don’t feel like your hypnotherapist has enough experience with helping people to stop smoking, you won’t trust her; and if you don’t trust her you will not allow yourself to be hypnotized.
Hypnosis to quit smoking is a valid and powerful method, and the success rate depends on all the factors I have mentioned above. If you would like help to quit smoking, call me today and we can set up a time to meet.