• Ursula Rose

Does fear of hypnosis stand between you and freedom from smoking?

Many people worry that hypnotherapy will be similar to stage hypnosis - a situation that might involve being out of control or made vulnerable to humiliation.

If strong enough, this fear of loss of control can sometimes prevent people from relaxing sufficiently to enter a hypnotic state in the presence of a hypnotherapist. They may then believe they aren’t hypnotisable.

However, this is actually helpful in demonstrating how much control we all have and how hypnosis is something you allow to happen, not something that’s 'done to you' by someone else.

Once you are correctly informed about hypnosis and how hypnotherapy works, you'll find it very easy and natural to enter a pleasant trance state.

How does hypnotherapy differ from stage hypnosis?

Stage hypnotists carefully select volunteers who pass a range of preliminary suggestibility tests. So in effect they only choose volunteers who are already willing to comply.

Remember that audience members generally volunteer to be subjects so they have already indicated a willingness to comply before going on stage.

Research shows that these volunteers typically display extrovert tendencies and are quite often under the influence of alcohol which further reduces their inhibitions.

So stage hypnosis can appear effective because of a volunteer’s prior decision to respond.

Clinical hypnosis is the complete opposite of stage hypnosis - it’s entirely respectful, collaborative and sympathetic to your needs. Your goals and well-being are at the centre of everything your hypnotherapist does. Personal change can never be forced upon you. So rather than taking power and control away from you, hypnotherapy seeks to put you in back in control by tailoring the session to the precise outcome you want to achieve.​

A stage hypnosis participant is manipulated to serve the hypnotists purposes, whereas a clinical hypnotherapist serves only the client's best interests - otherwise we’d rapidly be out of business because we rely to a great extent on recommendations!

So what is hypnosis anyway?

You experience light trance states every day, such as when you daydream or become completely absorbed in an activity like driving, jogging, reading or watching TV. You're even in a light trance when you smoke.

Hypnosis is just another term for this natural ability we have to narrow down our attention to focus on any given thought, idea or task.

During hypnotherapy, this natural phenomenon is pleasantly combined with deep physical relaxation. This gently suspends us in the Alpha brainwave state between wakefulness and sleep, where positive suggestions for change are more readily accepted by the subconscious mind.

Almost anyone can be hypnotised as long as they decide to engage with the process - so in a sense all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is harmless and free from side-effects. Hypnosis is not sleep. so you’ll be awake but pleasantly drowsy throughout your hypnotherapy session and you'll always retain full self control.

Contrary to popular belief, no one can be made to do anything against their will in hypnosis. The therapeutic hypnosis I offer is always gentle and enjoyable.

How can hypnosis help me quit smoking?

Hypnosis for smoking cessation has been shown to be almost 3 times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy.

Hypnotic change is rapid, immediate and long lasting. A single one-to-one hypnotherapy session is sufficient for the majority of people to stop smoking.

During your session, the subconscious beliefs and emotions that have held the smoking habit in place are directly modified. When this happens the urge to smoke and any withdrawal symptoms usually dissipate entirely.

By removing any emotional dependency on smoking as a coping strategy for life’s difficulties, there's also a vastly reduced risk of relapse when future life stresses arise.

Many of my clients report that they can't even recall what it felt like to smoke - after 50 years of lighting up! Contact me today to find out more about how you could achieve this too in a single hypnotherapy session.

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