Freedom from Smoking

How to Stop Smoking

The most liberating thing that you can do for your health and wellbeing is to finally quit smoking. To stop smoking would also mean an improvement in your circulation, slow the ageing process and reduce stress levels.

Many smokers believe that smoking relaxes them, however cigarettes work in the same way as any other drug. Not having it causes anxiety or cravings, so when the drug is taken (i.e. nicotine), that feeling is relieved. People are fooled because the nicotine has created the anxiety in the first place. Some people call smoking a habit, but once again they are kidding themselves if they don't recognise smoking as an addiction.

The actual physical withdrawal from nicotine can be handled relatively easily. If this were the whole story then everybody would be using nicotine patches successfully - but they're not. The biggest problems are psychological. For example associations may have been created and re-enforced by having countless cigarettes:

  • after a meal
  • with alcohol
  • with tea and coffee
  • first thing in the morning etc.

There are also associations with feelings such as when:

  • bored
  • stressed
  • lonely
  • upset
  • angry etc.

People can associate being a smoker with :

  • glamour
  • sociability
  • rebellion
  • having a reliable friend etc.

As a qualified hypnotherapist these are just some of the issues which I can help you to resolve using a combination of clinical hypnotherapy and meridian therapies. These techniques will enable you to reduce or eliminate cravings and withdrawal pangs. Hypnotherapy (hypnotism applied therapeutically) has a well earned reputation for helping people to stop smoking, and when combined with meridian therapies, the results are even more impressive.

How we work

It is usually best to discuss things over the phone before you arrange the appointment. This is to answer any queries you might have and also to ensure that you are ready to quit. (Women should note that the best time to quit smoking is in the first two weeks after your period has ended).

The consultation itself is in two parts...

Part 1 - The Set Up

The set up consultation lasts 1½ hours. In this session you will learn strategies for coping with cravings and stress reduction. This will normally include being introduced to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) where you will learn how to clear a craving by tapping or holding certain acupressure points. It sounds strange, but it’s very effective. You also experience hypnosis. In hypnosis you are aware of what is happening, but deeply relaxed and focused. You will receive a self-hypnosis CD to play over the next week before the second session...

Part 2 - Freedom Day

The second consultation lasts 1½ hours. This is on the day that you actually stop and is usually about a week after the Set-Up. You will have had your last cigarette before the consultation. With this in-depth session we work to clear any negative feelings and anxieties about being a non-smoker, resolve limiting beliefs and deal with associations with smoking. We will be using EFT, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and hypnosis, working on more issues and at a deeper level than the Set-Up session.

Consultation fee for the two part programme and CD £150

The fee is made at the first consultation and can be by cheque or in cash.

I am based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, which is convenient for Leamington Spa, Warwick, Coventry, and other areas in the Midlands, UK.