Stop Smoking Manchester Hypnotherapy
Most smokers have a love-hate relationship with their smoking habit: it is occasionally enjoyable, it can sometimes be social, and it often gives them a break from the routine.
However, in this day and age smoking has become socially less acceptable. And of course, there are health risks: the increased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, gum disease, and more. When you factor in the costs, smoking is more of an enemy than a friend.
As an ex-smoker myself, I understand the smoking habit very well. Over the years I’ve helped many smokers in Manchester to stop smoking. 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 are 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 has 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 is far easier than a life with them.
However, sometimes stopping smoking can be more challenging, and this is when we need professional help.
Smoking doesn’t just associate itself with places, people, or certain times of the day, it can also become 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 emotion away, and only cigarettes will do.
In such cases, stopping smoking means dealing with the underlying cause(s) of your stress or unhappiness. Learning to cope with life 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.
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.
- Smoking enables me to take regular breaks.
Beliefs such as these, which may have been true at some point, lock us into the smoking habit. Cigarettes then become 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 multi-session approach means you’re more likely to stop.
– 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 smoking cessation for over a decade, and I understand the addiction 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 afterward. 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.
Alternatively, you can also call on 07790 506375.