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Quit smoking. How many sessions will I need?

 

The most honest answer any therapist can give you is it all depends upon you upon your level of determination and personal commitment and taking responsibility for your outcomes. As therapists we provide you with the tools and we are facilitators to guide and direct you into hypnosis. As long as you listen regularly to the CDs and also exercise an element of willpower too then you stand a very high probability of successfully quitting smoking using hypnotherapy.

The value you put upon your health and the price you are prepared to pay to go to those lengths have everything to do with if you are successful or not however you quit. I've had people in the past tell me that they will only pay £100.00 to quit smoking and expect it to be in just one session and they have smoked heavily for years.  On the other hand I have had people who have done just that and quit in one session. They are almost though exclusively social smokers. I have had clients who have had four or five sessions and sometimes more and quit and they said they would have been prepared to take as long as it took them until they quit. That is personal commitment.

Generally for most light to medium smokers you should expect a consultation fact finding session and at least two to three sessions. Some people, particularly the long term hardened smokers may find they are more resistant to hypnotic suggestion and need more than two or three sessions. The essential thing for client and therapist to have an understanding of is uncovering my clients ‘WHY’ to pave the way for successful therapy. I usually find out at the outset what the persons WHY for smoking is, however, some people may not realise why they have a compulsive habitual need to smoke. They may smoke because of lack of self esteem and confidence or through high stress levels due to work/relationship problems. Some people smoke because they believe it makes them more attractive and some people smoke because it’s their way of being in control. All of these the smoker may not even be aware of as it is a deeply buries subconscious behavioural set which needs bringing to the surface.  These are issues which need to be identified and dealt with in their own right before the subconscious mind can accept the suggestions of being a non smoker. Without going down this path first one may only find partial success for a few months perhaps if at all, because this is what is known as a secondary gain and as such it has to be addressed at the outset.

 

The more hardened long term chronic smoker can realistically expect more sessions than two or three. I have had clients in my therapy chair who have been heavy smokers for years and who have needed six or more sessions which have turned out to be very successful. This may cost a few hundred pounds but if successful you’re not only saving money are you?

 


 

 
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