The number one question people ask when researching hypnotherapy for smoking is: ‘Does it work?’ Even though you shell our hundreds of dollars a year for your habit, the thought of blowing a couple of hundred on something that may or may not work is probably a sore point.
So, here’s the answer; it depends. It depends on your motivation, your hypnotherapist and whether or not you actually want to quit.
If your doctor or your spouse is pushing you to give up cigarettes but your heart isn’t in it, then you’re definitely not ready to try hypnotherapy.
The good news is; heaps have people have quit smoking in just one session with me, so I know for a fact that most of the time it’s successful.
Ditching the fags takes a bit of effort; and if you’re considering hypnosis to help you along, there are a few things you need to know first.
Trust Is The Key
Without a doubt the absolute key to a successful hypnosis experience is trust; if you don’t trust your hypnotherapist, you won’t go into trance.
This is because all hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis. That is, you go into a trance all by yourself. My role is to use my voice to assist you to find the trance state, and then apply the therapy once you’re there.
When you’re researching potential therapists, you need to get the answers to three questions:
- What are your qualifications?
- How long have you been practising?
- Have you treated this problem before?
Once you have that information, essentially it all comes down to how you feel about this person. Did you like their persona? Do you resonate with what they have written on their website?
Choosing a hypnotherapist you feel comfortable with is the first step to quitting smoking for good.
Symptom and Cause
There are two main factors involved in treating smokers with hypnosis. The first is to assess their triggers. For example; which times in the day to they get a craving for a smoke? Is it after meals? Is it on breaks? Maybe boredom is a trigger. There are many, and your therapist should be experienced in diagnosing these quickly.
Of course – you could train yourself not to react to these triggers; but a qualified hypnotherapist can do it far more quickly and effectively.
Some people just smoke because it’s a habit. Others smoke to relieve stress or tension. With the second category, you’re going to need extra care if you want to stay off the cigarettes for good. A skilled hypnotherapist will approach the treatment of an anxiety smoker very differently to that of a habit smoker.
So, you can see how working with a hypnotherapist who has plenty of experience is vital. If you want to explore the possibility of hypnotherapy to get rid of your smoking habit, don’t ask ‘does it work?’. Ask more specific questions that will help you decide whether or not the therapist is the right for for you.