We recently received via email this detailed ‘case study’ testimonial from a client who attended our 1-session stop smoking hypnotherapy treatment.
It was our hypnotherapist Rory M-J who helped this lady and this review is particularly interesting as it explores the different experiences a person can have in the process of becoming a non-smoker.
Every individual is unique and hence the tailoring of the session is, in our view, the hallmark of a professional approach.
Whether it is previous unsuccessful attempts to stop (especially with hypnosis) or the way the process itself is perceived, our hypnotherapists are experts in responding to individual client needs to maximise the chance of success.
Today marks 3 months since my life changed thanks to an hour and a half with Rory. This was my third attempt at hypnosis, having tried it twice about 5 years ago. The first time was great – I instantly quit and had no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. However less than a month later I felt I could smoke at a wedding because it would be so easy to give up again the next day – ha – how naïve was I?! The second time didn’t work at all for some reason – I don’t think my heart was fully in it, and you should want to quit if you’re going to make a success of it.
With Rory, it was a different experience. Firstly, he made an effort to get to know me and my triggers – quickly identified my personality traits and what makes me tick, so that he could tailor our session accordingly. He also explained exactly how it works, rather than it being some mysterious event, which was how my prior sessions were. It felt like most of the session was taken up with us having an enjoyable chat, with a bit of hypnosis thrown in at the end, but apparently it was about half and half!
I’ll admit, the next few days were not easy – it’s not some instant solution, like my prior sessions had felt like. Naturally when you have done something every waking hour for the past 25 years of your life, you can’t just stop and expect it not to affect you. However, I’ve come to appreciate that first week as I never want to go through that again, so it makes me even more confident that I will never smoke again. That said, it was a lot easier than just trying to give up myself, and here’s why:
1) Rory conditioned me to remember that quitting smoking was MY CHOICE – not that I cannot smoke anymore, merely that I have chosen not to. This is a very powerful message to someone like me so any time I did feel like smoking, I reiterated that to myself – it’s amazing the impact it has.
2) Rory taught me how habits work – and how you can pick them up as easy as you can drop them – and explained how this works.
3) He also explained how the physical addiction works, so that once I was past day 3, any “withdrawal symptoms” were purely psychological.
4) He taught me that a craving lasts 3 mins, so as long as I could find something to do for those 3 minutes then that would pass – again, made for a tough few days as I had 20+ of these 3 minute moments to deal with! But deal with them I did!
5) He sent me away with a recording of the hypnosis, which I listened to at least once a day (and more on bad days!) for the first 2 weeks – it really helped me.
My meeting with Rory and subsequent experience has made me fascinated with how the mind works – in contrast to my prior hypnosis sessions, I fully understand how it worked on me this time, therefore have the full confidence that I am now a non-smoker and will stay that way for the rest of my life. I’ve been through all sorts of situations that would normally have instantly screamed “have a cigarette” (funeral, wedding, getting off a long-haul flight, days out at music festivals and in beer gardens) – and while I have fleeting thoughts of “normally I would have a cigarette now”, it is not something I would ever consider doing. In fact, I find myself somewhat bemused when I look at people smoking – not in a smug quitter way, just a “wow, I can’t believe I thought that was a good idea” way.
I’m a changed person. Truly amazing – I can’t thank you enough!