How can Hypnotherapy help me stop smoking?
If you hadn’t already decided it was time to quit the fags, then the Budget should well and truly have helped you make up your mind. Believe it or not, cigarettes are set to soar to over $50 per packet by 2020!
So there’s never been a better time to quit. But can Clinical Hypnotherapy help you do that, and if so, how?
People sometimes think using hypnosis to stop smoking is something like a miracle cure. You hear lots of stories about people stopping in just one session – and in fact I’ve had many, many clients respond that quickly (though I never make that promise: sometimes it can and does take longer).
Even so, it’s no miracle, and after quite a few years thinking about it, I’d like to share with you how I think it works. Let’s start with a mystery. You want to stop, right? In fact, if you’re like most smokers you have stopped, maybe more than once… only to start again.
Sometimes people who’ve managed to stop and then take up the fags again tell me they think they must have an ‘addictive personality.’ Quite the opposite, I’d say! In fact, if you can stop for months or even weeks at a time, the one thing you can say is that you’re NOT addicted, because the physical reaction to withdrawal from cigarettes is at its worst in the hours and days following, and then gradually weakens, within a few days and certainly within weeks and absolutely certainly before months have passed.
Rebecca Pearce has been a registered psychologist since 2003. In this time she has worked in community health, government agencies and private practice helping people recover from addictions, eating disorders, unwanted habits, relationships, anxiety, depression and trauma. Rebecca is now the founder, director and principal psychologist at Berwick Psychology & Hypnosis and leads a thriving team of allied health professionals. The clinic aims to deliver excellent clinical outcomes to clients wanting to improve their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Rebecca is passionate about holistic health, wellbeing and helping others create their ideal life.