Hypnosis works by dealing with smoking where it happens - in your mind. Stopping smoking is psychological. There is actually very little physical addiction to smoking, stopping is all about attitude and belief. Hypnosis works on your unconscious to remove the reason you need to smoke so that you can stop easily and immediately with no cravings, no willpower, no weight gain.
Wellington Hypnosis makes it easy to stop smoking.
Yes, you can.
Wellington Hypnosis smokers mostly give up for ever after one session. Each person is different in terms of how long they have smoked, how many they smoke a day and why they smoke. That is why we have different stop smoking plans. But with hypnosis most stop immediately and never think of a cigarette again.
A few ex-smokers start getting antsy after some weeks and need a second session.
I used to smoke. And now I don't. Nothing would ever get me to light up again. I know what it feels like.
If I can do it, you can stop too.
Hypnotherapy to stop smoking usually takes about an hour.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Wellington Hypnosis lets you choose the plan that suits you best. Some people just need a little push, others need a bit more backup.
Stop Smoking in One Session. This plan is for smokers who are confident about their own ability to give up now. The hypnosis takes about an hour and costs $99.
Stop Smoking Premium Plan. The Premium Plan is for smokers who think they might need a bit more help. The first session deals with the smoking and gets you to stop. The next session a few days later sorts out any problems you might have with triggers and cravings. The final half hour session two weeks later makes sure that you will never start again. The Premium Plan costs $199.
Hypnotherapy pays for itself quickly. Count up the cost of buying cigarettes, and the cost to your health and it is the best investment you can make.
Stopping smoking is all about unconscious thoughts and feelings. Most smokers started in their early or late teens, at a time when they were changing from a child to an adult, when they formed all sorts of new ideas about who they were and what they can and can't do. Most teenagers felt smoking helped them fit in, to be a rebel, to look cool, and they formed powerful connections between cigarettes and feeling good.
When you succeed at something, you make a link between what you are doing and how you are feeling. The result is an automatic link, an unconscious association, a belief that doing one thing means doing the other. And if you form the belief that you need to smoke to feel good, then you have a smoking problem. And then part of you believes that giving up cigarettes means giving up that ability as well. The link is not obvious to the smoker, but that is why they keep doing it.
That is why smoking is so hard to give up. Your own unconscious fights desperately against stopping in order to not be friendless, to not look like a dork again. That is what cravings are, an unconscious attempt to get you to start again so that you will get back those feelings you need. That is also why some smokers can just stop and start as they like - they didn't form the automatic associations. Smoking is all about beliefs. Hypnosis works to remove these, to break the associations.
Once the beliefs are gone so are the cravings. That is why hypnosis is effective.
People who are can't quit cigarettes are not weak, or lacking in character, or natural addicts.
You can go 'cold turkey' - some do. You can grit your teeth, go live in a tent somewhere without smokes and after a week or so you are no longer smoking. But as soon as you get back to your familiar surroundings all the triggers are there waiting. As soon as you hit the first bit of normal stress your own mind will betray you. If you believe that you cannot handle stress without a cigarette then the pressure will build until you take one. Going cold turkey gets rid of the physical addiction, but it does nothing about the mental associations of cigarettes.
The physical effects are not what keeps you smoking. After two days all the nicotine is gone from your body. Totally gone. If you start again it is not because you need the nicotine. It is because some part of you believes that you cannot function without cigarettes and that part actually doesn't want you to stop.
It is your own mental beliefs that are the problem. Hypnosis changes that.
Wellington Hypnosis plans address specific areas to stop smoking. There is the addiction, the effect of the nicotine, the false ideas about smoking, and the situations that act as triggers to remind you to light up.
The physical addiction of nicotine is actually quite mild. Smokers often have convinced themselves about how addictive tobacco is and how difficult it will be to give up. Smoking is actually quite difficult to get addicted to. Nobody gets addicted from the first cigarette. People who have smoked sixty a day for forty years can give up instantly. They could not do that if cigarettes were physically addictive. Therefore the first part of the therapy is aimed at correcting the client's ideas about how easy it is give up, and giving the client post hypnotic instructions about how they will feel after they throw away their cigarettes.
This is reinforced by teaching a replacement behaviour. Psychology studies show if an existing behaviour is associated with a new behaviour, the old behaviour rapidly goes into extinction, and the desire to do that behaviour fades away as well. So this part of the treatment consists of teaching you a new behaviour to use any time the desire to smoke occurs. This new behaviour gives you something to do with your hands, it takes the place of the cigarette until the link between stress and reaching for a cigarette is broken, and then the link fades away with disuse.
The second part of the therapy focuses on the role that smoking plays in your life. Smokers often are convinced that they cannot relax without a puff, or that their best ideas only come when smoking, and other self justifying beliefs. In extreme cases clients believe that smoking defines who they are, and that stopping smoking somehow will diminish them. Direct hypnosis suggestions and metaphors deal with these quickly.
For the long term smoker, all sorts of situations have become associated with smoking. Most smokers tell themselves that they enjoy a cigarette after a meal, with a drink, to have a break. These are all highly charged situations and the smoker has created powerful conditioned responses to these.
Hypnosis breaks mental associations with meals, breaks, coffee, driving - whatever it is that the ex-smoker associates with cigarettes.
By using this three-part approach hypnosis beats smoking for ever.
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Stop for Ever
Scientists say that there are seven indicators for nicotine dependence:
1. tolerance of tobacco, in other words not coughing and fainting with every puff
2. feeling withdrawal symptoms when you go without one for a while
3. smoking more than you really want to
4. being unsuccessful at trying to quit
5. thinking about cigarettes if you don't have them
6. changing your lifestyle so that you can keep on smoking, for example trying to hide it, or only going to places where you can smoke
7. keeping on smoking for long periods, years, without even trying to stop.
Millions of people have tried to stop, and they have developed lots of useful tips you can try.
Get Help. The truth is that most smokers are actually suffering from some form of tobacco related health damage, even if they think they are not. Only eight percent of smokers who try to stop on their own are clear a year later. In other words, nine people out of ten will not be able to stop without outside help. Smokers who choose to stop with support have the highest probability of stopping for good. So getting professional help gives you a much better chance.
If you are still determined to do it by yourself, here are some tips that might help you quit.
Stay away from smokers. If you are living in a house with smokers you are much more likely to take it up again. So try to arrange a smoke free situation at home and at work. If your partner smokes then it is a good idea to persuade them to stop as well. In the first week try to avoid places where you know others will be smoking.
Get rid of reminders. Throw out your ashtrays, matches, lighters and anything else associated with the habit. Change the room around. Get rid of the chair you normally smoke in, put a new cover on the steering wheel, buy yourself a really nice outfit that you don't want to stink up with dirty smells.
Stay away from temptation. Do not choose to stop on the day you are going to someone's BBQ party where everyone else will drinking and relaxing. If these are your triggers then then the more relaxed you get the more you will want to join in and start again.
Keep a tally. Every morning, count how many cigarettes you have, then at night count how many are left, and make a note of how many you smoked. The next day, take out some cigarettes, to leave you with exactly the number you smoked yesterday. That way you limit the number you have available for today. Every time you smoke less, it reduces the number in the pack for the following day.
Don't rely on just pills and patches. Some smokers respond well to pharmaceuticals, but many suffer side effects that are worse than the habit they are trying to give up. Pills help with the biochemical effects, but not with the mental effects. Controlled tests have shown that drugs work best in combination with counseling and hypnosis, so aim to do both if you are willing to try the pills and patches.
Know your moods. Some smokers are positively reinforced to smoke by mentally linking it with rewards and pleasure, such as having a beer or finishing a meal, or taking a break. Other smokers are negatively reinforced to smoke, they use a cigarette to get out of a stressful mood or feeling down, and get a benefit that way. Of course, some smokers are positively reinforced simply by the idea of having a smoke, and others are negatively reinforced by the thought of feeling bad from not having a smoke. Sometimes it feels like you just can't win. You need to know what motivates you in order to quit successfully.
Plan a coping strategy. Smokers who plan in advance what their coping strategy will be do better than those who just wait and see what happens when they stop. Coping is what you choose to do to deal with the cravings. There are two strategies for avoiding temptation: behavioural coping and cognitive coping. Behavioural coping is something you do, cognitive coping is something you think about. You get the best results by using both kinds.
Cravings only last three minutes. If you choose to go cold turkey, you will get cravings. But cravings are controllable, each one only lasts between 20 seconds and three minutes. The instant you think of a craving, (and that is all it is, a thought), then go and do something that will engage your brain fully. As soon as you get busy with something else the craving will go away in seconds.
Cravings are predictable. Cravings follow a pattern. The first day there are not many, and then the second day there are more, and the most come on the third day. So knowing this, you can plan to be really busy on days two and three and you will have a better chance of not paying attention to them. After you survive the first three days there is another smaller peak in cravings about a week later. That is the last danger point. After that they drop to one a day, and then fade to nothing.
It's not that bad. Stopping smoking can be a very scary idea. Having too vivid an imagination is not good. When you actually do decide to stop, it is usually not nearly as bad as you might think. Fear plays a big part in the mental game: if you believe you will have horrible cravings then you likely will. But they are simply the result of scaring yourself. When you quit you might be surprised at how easy it is.
Go easy on the coffee. Nicotine from cigarettes and caffeine from coffee and tea interact in your body. Nicotine reduces the effect of caffeine. So when you stop smoking, the coffee you drink actually feels stronger. If you find yourself getting jumpy, it might be the coffee and not the craving. Cut down on the coffee for a while.
Set a date. Don't just wait until you think you are ready. Pick a definite date this week or next week and then stop on that date. You can even a pick the time, or an event, like immediately after you go on holiday.
Limit smoking areas. Gradually reduce the number of places where you allow yourself to smoke. So start with no smoking in the house, then no smoking in the car, then no smoking within ten feet of someone else, and so on until you have quit completely.
Go easy on yourself. If you slip up and have a puff: that's all it is - you had a puff. No big deal. It doesn't mean you have failed. It doesn't mean you are addicted, it just means that you had to have one. You don't have to smoke the whole thing. Having one doesn't mean you must have the second one. Tell yourself that it was just a mistake, and that now you are ready to double the time you had from the last one.
Encourage yourself. Keep reminding yourself of your aim, of the benefits, that you will feel better, have more money, be fitter.
Remind yourself. Write down all the reasons why you want to quit. Copy the reasons on to several bits of card and stick them on your fridge, on your mirror, on the car dashboard, on the back of your front door, everywhere that will reinforce why you need to give it up.
Get some exercise. Exercising will distract you, gives you something to do, will remind you of why you are giving up. It will also make you feel better and sleep better.
Keep going. It is common for smokers to have to try to give up five or eight times before they finally get it. Learning to stop gets better with practice, so even if you have to start again, start planning your next quit attempt immediately.
Or you could always ask for help.
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Thought I would drop you a quick line to let you know that I am now 12 weeks not smoking.
In this time I have been through some fairly traumatic circumstances and have succumbed to the odd cigarette, however I have not bought any and now I am climbing up to the ridgeline in the hills behind where I live with relative ease.
Thank you for your help, I am ever so grateful.
Vanessa, Upper Hutt
Thank you so much for what you helped me with on Wednesday. No cravings to smoke at all, and more importantly have put steps in place to deal with my other issues.
As for the smoking, not had a smoke since we last met. Had a few triggers, but quickly got rid of them quickly. After our last session where you dealt with the root of my issues, I am totally amazed how quick it has been to stop. All I can say is thank you.
Just to let you now how it has been going: pretty well! It's been 4 weeks this Sunday since our appointment and it's been surprising the results. From just after the appointment there has been no angsty desire for a packet and wondering how I'm going to get by for the day. I have more time as well! Instead of procrastinating with cigarettes I'm doing more productive things like reading. Thanks for your help.
Just a quick note to let you know that I am feeling wonderful!! Not a cigarette in sight.... Peter is doing excellent too and he very much enjoyed his session with you as I did. It is early days but we are never ever going to go back to that smoking again yuk yuk yuk MANY THANKS TO YOU.
I am eternally grateful to you that I don’t feel the need or want to smoke on a daily basis. I never thought that it could be this easy.
As of last Tuesday I quit smoking, The session didn’t work on its own for me I had to mentally prepare myself in the last few weeks to quit. But its been 9 days since my last smoke and the hypnosis has definitely helped to get me to quit because I now know why I smoked. Craig, Riverstone Terraces.
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