By the time smokers call me to enquire about hypnotherapy, they have usually tried various methods to quit before: willpower, nicotine gum, patches and lozenges. Some may have tried Zyban, or the more recent Champix tablets.
Whether the smoker stopped smoking for a while or not, whilst using these methods, the quitting attempt can only be said to have “succeeded” if they became a happy non-smoker and stayed that way. Short-term effects are irrelevant, yet all the medications were originally passed as “effective” based upon their short-term effects alone.
Complete freedom: that is the aim of hypnotherapy, and somewhere between 60% and 70% of clients will have achieved that goal by the end of the first session.
Needing a Second Session
You don’t need to be much of a mathematician, therefore, to figure out that 30% to 40% of clients will either need further help straight away, or later down the line. This is both normal and unavoidable. You see, those clients have not “failed”, and neither did hypnotherapy. Success with hypnotherapy is always easy, but it isn’t always immediate.
It is not the hypnotherapist that shuts down the habit and the cravings, it is the client’s Subconscious mind. The Subconscious controls all habitual behaviour, and can change it easily, though the conscious mind cannot. The hypnotherapist’s task is to present the case for change to the Subconscious during the trance part of the session. If the client has no Subconscious objection to the change – no conflict over it – then the change will go through immediately. But if there is a conflict over it, the Subconscious may hesitate at first – or perhaps wobble later on down the line (relapse).
Normal delays or hitches
It is quite common for clients to over-react to that sort of development – assuming something has ‘gone wrong’ – but they needn’t really be worried, because these waverings are quite normal in a minority of clients and they are easily fixed with a second session.
The second session is not just a repeat of the first session! It is a careful assessment of the actual conflict, followed by a cure for that. Compared to a smoking habit, the overall cost is not expensive. Of those who need to come back at some point for a second session, about three-quarters will be successful with that – so needing further session-time does not mean there is a problem with the hypnotherapy process, it is just normal in some cases.
Using hypnotherapy to quit smoking is very likely to save you a fortune over the coming months and years, so it is well worth calling for more info: Office: 0161-474-8120 Monday-Friday 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., or call/text 07748 838 644 any day, any time.
Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes has been Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport since August 2000