Stop Smoking Manchester Hypnotherapy

Most smokers have a love hate relationship with their habit: it’s occasionally enjoyable, it can sometimes be social, and it gives them a break from the routine.

However, in this day and age smoking is less and less socially acceptable. And of course there are the health risks: it increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, gum disease, and more. When you factor in the costs, smoking is more enemy than friend.

As an ex-smoker myself (yes, I used hypnotherapy to quit!) I understand the habit very well. Over the years I’ve helped many smokers in Manchester quit. Read on to find out how I can help you too.

Why do you smoke?

Simple smoking habit

Sometimes, smoking is a simple bad habit; an unwillingness to go through the detox phase (the 4 – 5 days of cravings associated with stopping smoking), and – perhaps – a fear of life without cigarettes.

In such cases, people smoke mainly because they’re used to doing so at certain times or in certain places: the first cigarette of the day; ‘fag breaks’; the lunchtime routine; evenings, weekends, and after meals… And of course, when drinking with friends.

Where smoking is simply a bad habit that’s outlived its usefulness, it can be easy to break. Remove the various associations, steel yourself for the detox period, and recognise a simple truth: a life without cigarettes as far easier than a life with them.

However, sometimes stopping smoking can be challenging, and this is when we need professional help.

Emotional associations

Smoking doesn’t just link to places, people, or times of day. It also becomes associated with our emotions. People find themselves dependent on cigarettes because smoking ‘helps’ when feeling stressed, unhappy, bored, or blue.

Without cigarettes, we feel bereft during difficult times; like having toothache without access to painkillers. We want to numb the pain away, and only cigarettes will do.

In such cases, stopping smoking means dealing with the cause of your stresses or unhappiness. Life, sadly, isn’t all fluffy unicorns! Learning to cope without smoking is part of growing into our adult selves.

Either way, well-delivered hypnotherapy can help with this. You can stop smoking and feel better – about your life and yourself.

Attachment beliefs

Smoking is both irrational and emotional. As a result, we come to believe some strange things. For example:

  • Smoking helps me with stress.
  • Smoking helps me socialise.
  • Smoking looks cool (hint: it doesn’t!)
  • Smoking enables me to take regular breaks.

Beliefs such as these, which may have been true at some point, lock us into the habit. Smoking then becomes a crutch; a toxic combination of habit, limiting belief, chemical addiction, and fear that is slowly killing you.

How to stop smoking

Some hypnotherapists offer one-session smoking cessation sessions, usually at exorbitant fees. This is fine if it’s just a habit. If other factors are relevant, however, then more sessions are advisable (Holroyd, J.D. 1980). My comprehensive approach means you’re more likely to stop.

“I decided to go to Lasting Change because I had had enough of being trapped in the smoking cycle and wanted to quit for good. The sessions were excellent – relaxing, insightful and well instructed. Adrian made me feel very comfortable and this helped me to be receptive to the therapy. I was amazed that I felt no withdrawal symptoms and each day since as a smoke free person has felt like a personal achievement.

 – Michelle, Musician in Manchester

For this reason, I treat smoking in line with my other work: a free consultation followed by multiple sessions. If your smoking is simple habit then fine: it’ll be gone in a couple of sessions. In some cases, it is worth considering factors including:

  • Lifestyle and happiness. Your happiness with your job and living circumstances; your ability to make big changes, etc. It’s hard to stop smoking if you’re unhappy.
  • Negative beliefs, including beliefs about smoking (e.g. ‘it helps me relax’).
  • Confidence and anxiety issues. As people often smoke to manage their negative emotions, it makes sense to deal with those emotions before you quit.

Whether your smoking is a simple habit or a reflection of other problems in your life, I should be able to help. I’ve worked with smokers for over a decade, and I understand itt very well.

Why work with me?

As an ex-smoker myself, I am well placed to help people stop smoking. I understand that smoking is often more than a simple habit. This comprehensive approach means you’re more likely to quit. I have practised hypnotherapy in Manchester since 2005, and use techniques that actually work.

Like most therapists, I am passionate about helping people. However, I’m also friendly, down to earth, and ‘normal for a therapist’! I’ve worked with people for many years, and I’m used to putting my clients at ease.

I like to keep the sessions relaxed, interesting and – where possible – enjoyable. I rarely get cancellations; people usually end therapy feeling happy to have stopped smoking. They have regained their freedom.

To find out how I can help you quit, all you need to do is arrange a consultation.

FREE 60 Minute Consultation

You can discuss your smoking habit in a safe, non-judgemental place and in total confidence. I’ll ask some simple questions to understand when and where you smoke, how it started, and why you want to stop.

I’ll then explain the techniques I use and how they help. There is no fee or obligation for this – you’re welcome to have a think about it afterwards. It is just your chance to find out how you can stop smoking and move on in life.

All consultations are conducted in my private Manchester city centre office.

To call in for a chat all you need to do is get in touch.

Send Me a Quick Enquiry

Contacting a therapist can seem daunting, but you’ve done the hard part by reading this page. Stopping smoking makes such a difference and you’ve already taken the first step.

Use the form on this page to send me a quick message – there is no obligation to you, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also send me a quick email or call on 07790 506375.