I would like to give up smoking and a friend told me that hypnotherapy is useful. Can you help me? I have been smoking for about nine years and I just can’t give up. My boyfriend said that I needed to get help. When I haven’t got any money, I realize that I only have a few cigarettes in my handbag. Then I get stressed. I can’t smoke tomorrow. I count how many cigarettes I can have during the evening, and I am am always asking people to borrow money so that I can smoke more. I am only smoking Benson & Hedges lights and I know that that is better than the normal cigarettes, but it is still bad isn’t it.
I also wheeze. When I get cold I continue to smoke. I smoke less but my cold goes on forever. As soon as my cold goes away and get another sore throat and the whole thing start again. My cough is also getting worse, and I know that is because of my smoking. Can you help please. I have heard that hypnotherapy can be used to help people to give up smoking.
Thanks for your e-mail. The approach we use at London Hypnotherapy UK is called Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy; however, this therapy approach uses all sorts of techniques. The main technique I use is aversion therapy (although this is now referred to as covert sensitization). I pair the unwanted behaviour–in this case, the smoking–with wanting to feel sick. It is a very powerful process, and I have had great results with this technique over the years. Some clients give up in one session, while other need a few more sessions. The idea is not actually to make you feel sick; but, before you take the cigarette, or buy the cigarette, you feel sick and this stops you buy or smoke cigarettes. The approach is very safe and it gives you a huge amount of control.
If you would like to book a session to help you stop smoking, please give the office a ring on 0207 467 8564.
Best of luck
Dr David Kraft, London Hypnotherapy UK & London Psychotherapy