New year and a new you! – Time to stop smoking.

It always seems that the coming of a New Year means new resolutions that must be made as well. While losing a little more weight or seeing more of your extended family are good resolutions to make to help you feel better, quitting smoking is one that will actually improve your health in remarkable ways. However, actually quitting smoking will take more than just willpower. This is because smoking is more than a physical addiction, but a psychological one as well. This will mean that in order to quit you will have to marshal all the forces necessary to break the habit so you can live a healthier life. One technique that has been proven over the years to help people quit smoking is hypnosis. Once considered just for entertainment, hypnosis has helped many thousands of people quit smoking when many of them have failed in previous attempts. How hypnosis works to overcome the smoking habit The habit of smoking is more than just an addiction to nicotine; it involves the mental stimulation that smoking brings along with the psychological need and muscle memory that gets engrained into the brain. As an example, many people who try to quit smoking are often fidgeting with their fingers because they no longer have a cigarette to hold. Even chewing gum or pencils fail to break this simple muscle memory habit that is actually part of the smoking experience. However, hypnosis uses the power of suggestion to break these habits as well; creating conditions where the mind is no longer subject to the fidgeting fingers or an after dinner smoke break that...

Stoptober campaign

Quit smoking this October with the Stoptober campaign.   So as most people know this October is Stoptober. This Stoptober, I will be offering 50% off my 2hr quit smoking cessation to help you become a non smoker for life! The reason I am backing this campaign is because tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death around the world, killing nearly 6 million people a year – 600,000 of whom are non-smokers. Just think of the damage this does, to not only the smokers body but the people around them. Furthermore think about this, what happens when you are told its terminal and you have to explain to your loved ones that you are going to die. Now I have personally seen the horrors of long term smoking first hand, with its disastrous effects! Not just to the smoker but also to the smoker’s family. It is not just the client who may have lung cancer from smoking, but the whole family who has to go through the ordeal. That is why I choose to support clients who want to give up smoking. Hypnotherapy is often used to help clients achieve the behavioural change needed to stop smoking but it’s so important the public use someone who knows what they are doing. Now think of the benefits of what you want to gain from quitting smoking. Is it financial benefits? or do you want to breathe easier? perhaps a better sex life with more energy or you just want to have clean smelling clothes. Whatever you want to gain from quitting you can! So Stoptober is a...

What exactly IS hypnotherapy??

I am asked quite often “what’s the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?” Then followed normally by “so what’s the major difference between hypnotherapy and all the other psychological work? Well let me tell you; I think for starters hypnosis, is in fact,  nothing more than a tool, albeit a very specialised tool that can produce apparent miracles on occasions, and like all tools, it cannot do anything at all until somebody puts it to work. Hypnotherapy is a skill which uses the tool of hypnosis for the administration of many and various forms of psychotherapy. A good analogy is the difference between a saw and woodwork – a carpenter uses the saw to carry out the task of working with wood. But the very best of saws is useless without the craftsman to skilfully weird it. Now its worth recognising that hypnotherapy is totally different from any other form of therapeutic intervention. No drugs, no manipulation and does not rely on the client’s intellect to make it work. But the major difference is that all other forms of psychological work – counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry and the like – are based around conscious processes of thought, and because it is conscious work can often hinder its success. However I work with something quite different. Which hypnotherapy I approach the subconscious part of the psyche, helping the clients to resolve difficulties at a level where conscious thought cannot interfere, either for good OR bad. It is precisely because of the fundamental change to the thought processes that a client will then be released from a symptom or habit so completely that...