Stop Smoking / Smoking Cessation

According to UK statistics, approximately 10 million people in the UK smoke cigarettes.

Smoking costs the NHS approximately £2 Billion per year in treating diseases which have been caused by smoking.

Approximately 80% of deaths concerning lung cancer are caused by smoking, 80% of deaths from Bronchitis and Emphysema are caused by smoking, 14% of deaths from heart disease are due to smoking and more than a quarter of cancer deaths are related to smoking.

In a nutshell, smoking cigarettes kills people.

NLP, Coaching and Hypnotherapy is a most effective way of helping people Stop Smoking

I regularly treat clients who have habits and addictions including smoking, alcohol, gambling, nail biting, food cravings, and many others.

With most issues such as weight loss, smoking, alcohol and OCD, I generally find that what the individual is locked into is a ‘habitual way of thinking’, which in turn affects their daily life.  This often results in the repeating of an ‘automatic behaviour’. To many clients they have become so conditioned that to a certain point, in their mind, choice to change from this doesn’t exist.

However, under certain conditions the brain is very plastic and malleable, thus making re-wiring and changed behaviours totally possible. When I work with clients, I develop their ability to develop change in a stepped way. I adapt neuroscience concepts into my coaching and therapy sessions and this is invariably successful in getting the results and change we need.

My approach with NLP, coaching and hypnosis depends on the client, their problem, and their hunger for change.  We take an individual approach and success rates have been significant at 90%.

One client who was in his 70’s and had been smoking for all his adult life – 63 years.  Prior to seeing me he was smoking 500 cigarettes a week. After two sessions of therapy he hasn’t touched another cigarette! (That was some months ago). This shows how effective my work can be, and how radicle change can happen.

The following is another case study of a client who came to me to stop smoking.

Lauren is 33 years old Product Development Manager, and has smoked approximately 10 cigarettes per day for the past 15 years. She came to see me to stop smoking because she is worried about her health, wants to get fit at the gym, finds smoking antisocial when out with friends and work colleagues, and finds that the cost is a drain on her financially.

During the first session with Lauren, my main objective was to help her become much more aware of what she was actually doing and why, and indeed ‘how’ she was deciding to smoke. Lauren tended to smoke more when she was in a situation where she felt flustered, uncertain, overwhelmed or confused.

Many people smoke because of what they think it does for them. In Laurens case it was a way out of confusion, or what she felt was a difficult situation. Her ability to cope and make decisions in this state of mind was greatly reduced. The consequence of this if her smoking continued was that she was training her brain not to make decisions.

Using advanced NLP Coaching techniques we were able to develop and condition a new way of responding to confusion and overwhelming situations so that she could decisively and confidently deal with the situation. I conditioned this many times in Laurens mind to help her when she had left the support of the therapy session.

To solidify this I taught Lauren an advanced, simple method of self-hypnosis that she was to practice every day to condition the new response.

The second session was scheduled for the day after. After the first session, and for the following 24 hours Lauren did not smoke.

In session 2 Lauren said that there was a part of her that still wanted to smoke.  In terms of NLP and Psychology, what this means in terms of ‘parts’ is that there is part of her nervous system (an activated set of neural networks which is connected to smoking) that is separate from and doesn’t have access to the rest of the nervous system, Using the NLP process of ‘parts integration’ I was able to assist Lauren to integrate this ‘smoking’ part into the rest of her nervous system in a way which would allow her to be much more resourceful and decisive and therefore not want or need to smoke another cigarette.

After this process, Lauren felt confident, decisive, aligned, calm and didn’t want to smoke.

The final step of helping Lauren totally stop smoking involved a Hypnotherapy process whereby Lauren solidified changes, integrated new learnings, and developed increasing levels of decisiveness and confidence in troublesome situations.

Lauren hasn’t smoked since.

In summary, I have helped a large number of people to stop smoking. Every person processes information differently and their perception of the world is different. Every person I have helped, I have worked with them in a different way. What makes me highly successful in helping people quit smoking is 1. My treatment and intervention strategies are unique to the individual and 2. I use a unique blend of different psychological approaches, including NLP, Coaching, Hypnosis, Neuroscience and Energy Psychology.