• How I quit smoking.... and how I've helped so many others to do so.
  • I finally managed to break the smoking habit almost 30 years ago.  I say “finally” because at the time I had failed spectacularly using cold turkey, nicotine replacement and various other approaches.

    Then one day I was speaking to a friend who suggested I go to a doctor he knew who was trained in hypnosis.  Pretty much in desperation I made an appointment.  With not a lot of hope I went into the surgery.  When I emerged 40 minutes later all I can say is that I felt relaxed.  However, that was just the beginning.

    To this day not once have I come close to smoking.  Dare I say it, but I found quitting cigarettes to be easy and pleasant.  It seemed miraculous.  It is small wonder that in the mid-nineties when I changed career, I opted to become a hypnotherapist.

    Hypnosis is a powerful, effective form of therapy for many psychological and emotional issues.  As an approach to the breaking of habits it is pre-eminent, none more so than when it comes to breaking the smoking habit.

    As I gained experience as a practicing Hypnotherapist, I quickly realised that the simple session that the doctor used so successfully with me would not work for every client.  It was somewhat generic and therefore limited.

    Gradually I built up new skills and over time I evolved an approach to quitting cigarettes that is flexible, adaptable and personalised to work well with just about any client.

    Below are some of the features of my approach that make it so successful:

  • Combining Hypnosis with NLP

    Hypnosis has long been recognised as the best method for quitting cigarettes.  However, combining it with the understanding of the mind embodied in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) enables the linguistic and tonal feedback that embeds the non-smoking message dep in the sub-conscious, facilitating an even easier exit from smoking.

  • Personalisation

    A big factor in the success or otherwise of a hypnosis session is the ability of the hypnotherapist to personalise it to the client.  Often hypnosis sessions are read from a script, as was probably the case when I quit the habit.

    However, no two people are the same, and an approach that works well for one person may not do so for another.  Therefore, for a high overall rate of success, it is necessary to tune each session to the personality, lifestyle, needs and smoking triggers of each individual.  Doing this well is quite a skill.

  • Experience

    Experience can be described as knowing what will and won’t work and acting accordingly.  As in all walks of life, experience can be a big factor in successful therapy.

    Experienced therapists impart confidence which transfers to the client.  This confidence empowers clients.  They no longer struggle.  Instead they take control, often in an easy and relaxed way, leaving cigarettes far behind.

  • Respect

    Good therapists care about and respect their clients, regardless of their backgrounds, personalities or difficulties.  They treat them as important individuals with an important task to complete.  Maximising a client’s success is serious but happy business. 

  • Backup

    Providing the reassurance of backup (often free), gives clients the kind of confidence that means that in in reality they won’t need it.

  • Finally

    If you’d like to know more feel free to call or email me.   I will be delighted to work with you.
    James