Stop Smoking Therapy

Knowledge about smoking has evolved significantly over the last two decades. We now know the reasons why people continue to smoke in spite of all the evidence that smoking can cause an early and often painful death.

Fortunately there is a way to get free of smoking once and for good. Best of all, hypnosis involves no drugs or patches. Becoming a non-smoker is easier than you think when you know how and get the right help.

I now offer a comprehensive Stop Smoking program based on the most up-to-date knowledge available about smoking. Initially you will be given a free half-hour appointment, to assess suitability and properly prepare you for the main session. The main session takes place around a week later and lasts approximately 2 hours. During this session a combination of powerful psycho-behavioural and hypnotic techniques are used to help you become a non-smoker much more easily.1

And anyone who feels the need to see me again within one month of the second session will be offered a free half-hour follow up appointment.

What is the success rate?

It is only natural for people to want to know the success rate when considering Stop Smoking therapy. Unfortunately there are some very good reasons to doubt quoted figures given on many advertisements and websites. How did the advertiser get his figure? Was anybody who never called back deemed a success? Or everyone who stopped smoking for over 1 month? How many patients were in the study/followed up? Was the success rate audited independently? Were ex-smokers tested for the presence of nicotine? In fact, most claims for success that I have seen have been exaggerated.

Fortunately, the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), following discussions with the Advertising Standards Authority, have agreed upon the following statement (subsequently published in the GHR News Bulletin), based on a large number of studies that could demonstrate the proper criteria for research:

"Research comparing many different studies of hypnotherapy has shown that on average smokers are over five times more likely to break the habit with hypnosis than by willpower alone. Hypnotherapy in general is also proven to be more than twice as effective compared with nicotine gum." 2

  1. Some will power may still be required.
  2. Viswesvaran C, Schmidt FL (1992): A meta-analytic comparison of the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods. J Appl Psychol. 1992 Aug;77(4):554-61. See also article by Robert Matthews in issue 1845 of New Scientist magazine, 31 October 1992, page 6.
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