Stop Smoking Solutions - Methodology

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

In studies it has long been shown that intensive counseling for smoking cessation is one of the most effective methods for helping people quit. The reason is, that while nicotine is an addictive substance, smoking is as much, or more, of a habit than an addiction. Therefore counselling that helps to change the beliefs and thinking patterns (Cognitive approach) and behaviours (Behavioural approach) has a longer term impact than simply trying to deal with the addictive element through pharmacology (e.g. Nicotine Replacement Therapy).

Combining these Cognitive and Behavioural approaches with Hypnotherapy has a "multiplier" effect for several reasons.

  1. Hypnotherapy is known to be a rapid way of introducing cognitive and behavioural change.

  2. Beliefs about the treatment itself are increased through hypnotherapy - and this increased expectancy is a self-fulfilling prophecy and increases the chance of success.

  3. Immediate short term impact is achieved through direct suggestion in hypnosis (a very simplistic example is: "you will no longer have any desire to smoke").

  4. Medium and longer term effectiveness is achieved through cognitive and behavioural change. Therefore hypnotherapy can effectively take individuals through the initial days of overcoming the addictive elements while also increasing deep cognitive and behavioural change which will carry over into longer term abstention.

  5. Speed and Efficiency: A combination of Hypnotherapy and CBT can be effectively delivered in a single session (with a possible follow-up session).

  6. Stress and Anxiety Reduction: smoking is essentially a personal coping strategy for stress and social anxiety. Hypnotherapy is acknowledged as a one of the most effective treatments for stress and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has an excellent evidence base and is the treatment of choice on the NHS for many conditions. Clinical Hypnotherapy also has an excellent evidence base (though its image is still plagued by wide variations in standards and treatment protocols.)

While our therapists vary in the details of their treatment approach, the essential principles remain the same - and the CBT+ Hypnotherapy combination underlies each of their methods.

As full research studies are cost prohibitive for small organisations we cannot provide success rates for our treatments - (and surprisingly there have been no studies on Smoking Cessation for a CBT+Hypnotherapy protocol.) However we can provide the results of studies on hypnotherapy and smoking cessation.

What happens in a session?

In our Stop Smoking Sessions we use the most powerful techniques available to ensure participants get the best chance to quit. There is no a cookie-cutter/one-size-fits-all approach that relies on one technique. We use a package of techniques, each individually proven to be effective. Anyone of these techniques could, on it’s own, be 100% effective — however one can never tell which approach will “click” with a client therefore our therapists use several techniques in a powerful combination.

Typically lasting 90 to 120 minutes for individuals and three hours for a groups, these sessions involve in depth review of habits and motivations - and utilise methods to deconstruct and "collapse" the habit. This session includes working deeply with the subconscious in hypnosis, giving individuals the skills, belief structure and inspiration to stop smoking immediately.

Participants are also trained in self-hypnosis and stress management techniques to ensure they have the skills needed to remain a non-smoker. In addition they receive support materials including suggestions on how to deal with cravings and challenging situations as well as two special self-hypnosis CDs. Finally a booster session is available for those that need.

The whole experience is educational, inspirational (as you develop a deep belief in the power of your own mind), and pleasantly relaxing.

For more information and answers to questions about hypnotherapy see our FAQ.


mark davis hypnotherapist

'Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking"
- New Scientist ( vol 136)

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