Smoking Cessation Hypnosis-Does a Smoking Hypnotist Stop You From Smoking?

Friday, July 17th, 2009

There has been much in the news about how to stop smoking. Top on the list of the most effective stop smoking modalities is going to see a smoking hypnotist.  And the question comes up, does a hypnotist stop you from smoking cigarettes?

First let’s address what hypnosis is and isn’t.  Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of increased suggestibility where we humans are more receptive to accepting information.  This information can be from ourselves and from others as well.  This state is accessed quite a number of times each day without our willful intent of achieving this trance.  It is not a state where we are bound to follow any suggestion that comes our way.  It is not a state where we become powerless and become subjugated to the will of others.  So there is nothing that you need to fear of your naturally occurring hypnotic trance state, even when guided there by your hypnotist.

So now we know that we can easily go into trance, in fact we enter this state daily without any help.  So what about smoking cessation hypnosis, will the hypnotist make you stop smoking?  Well the short answer to that is, yes, and no.  You will stop smoking cigarettes when you visit a smoking hypnotist but the hypnotist will not make you stop smoking.  The hypnotist will be able to change the way you respond to cigarettes.  And you will be the one who makes you stop smoking.

Think about this for a moment.  There are plenty of things that you allow yourself to do.  Some of these things are similar to what others around you do as well.  It could be as simple as allowing yourself to eat certain foods, and removing other foods as even a consideration of food choices.

In certain cultures it’s more acceptable to eat certain foods than others.  You see this all around you with the different choices of ethnic food restaurants around your area.  Chinese food is different from Mexican food and that is different from Thai food, or Italian food, right?   Sometimes the first time we are presented with a food that is foreign to us, we reject the food because it’s unfamiliar.  Sometimes it’s culturally unacceptable to eat.  Some cultures eat dog while in the western cultures the thought of eating your pet would turn your stomach.

And that’s what changing perceptions is all about.  If every time you were presented with the choice of a cigarette, when your perceptions had changed by working with a hypnotist, your response would be as if it was some kind of foreign substance.  Not even something that you would consider inputting into your body.  And when that happens, you become familiar with being a non smoker.  Someone who no longer associates smoking with the normal everyday activities that you participate in.

This becomes a very powerful shift in your perceptions that will help you to become a non smoker for the rest of your life.  And that’s why when you visit a smoking hypnotist for a smoking cessation hypnosis session you are able to leave the office becoming a non smoker very rapidly and without withdrawal of any kind.  Allowing you the opportunity to then re-build the habits of a non smoker.

Smoking Cessation Hypnosis-What Does It Cost To Use A Smoking Hypnotist?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

People are always interested in how much it costs to see a smoking hypnotist to help them to stop smoking cigarettes.  And in these times more than any other people are concerned with the cost of any stop smoking program.  It usually makes me smile when I hear someone ask that question, because it often means that they are ready to spend some money to help them solve their problem, and that’s what I’m here for.

One of the primary things that brings a smoker to my office is the desire to stop smoking because they are tired of being a slave to a behavior that is no longer giving them any benefit.  They are doing something that they are not in control of.  It is also costing them a substantial amount of money every day, week, month and year that they continue to smoke, not to mention how much they have already spent on cigarettes.  And the costs don’t end with the dollars and cents outlay for cigarettes.

There are real costs associated with the increased financial burden placed on the smoker and their families because of increased colds, and viruses contracted meaning lost work days, higher medical bills, higher insurance costs.  There are even places that won’t allow you to rent places to live or stay if you are a smoker.  (This has spoiled quite a few people’s retirement plans).

So when you ask what it costs for smoking cessation hypnosis, it’s wise to compare it to what it costs to continue to smoke.  The good news is that it shouldn’t cost more than what you already spend on cigarettes for the next few weeks.  And since you still have quite a few years of life left in you, you’ll probably be saving enough each year to take a nice vacation, upgrade to a nicer car, or even be able to take in more movies or shows each month.  I’m happy to report that those few people (10% of the population reportedly make buying decisions on price alone) usually self select as people who don’t respond well to this stop smoking process.

Stopping smoking is about investing in your health and well being.  It’s a great feeling to be back in control of the things you do.  You already know what you’re willing to spend to continue making yourself unhealthy, the question is what are you willing to invest in making yourself well and in control?  Scheduling a session with a smoking hypnotist now is a smart investment to make.

Hypnosis New York-Is It Effective For Weight Loss?

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

This is a common question that I get.  I’ll also respond to the question of whether hypnosis is dangerous as this is a common misconception and myth about hypnosis.  I’ll answer the second question first.

Is Hypnosis for weight loss dangerous?
One of the things that make people hesitate to use the services of a hypnotist or to use self hypnosis is that they think that hypnosis is dangerous.  Well in all cases, the answer to this question is absolutely not.  Part of what people seek when they are looking to use a hypnotist is to find someone who will make them do something that they can’t do or don’t want to do.  Kind of like giving someone the power to make them into a zombie of sorts or Stepford wife.  And this notion that they could have this kind of relationship with another person is what also scares them.  Well the hypnotist can’t turn you into an unwilling participant in anything!  The hypnotist can only help you with what you are willing and able to accomplish.  Working with a hypnotist will help you to see, feel and act fully congruent with what you really want to accomplish.  So there is no danger in seeking the help of a hypnotist or in using self hypnosis techniques to assist you in short or long term goals.

Now onto the second question:

Is Weight Loss Hypnosis Effective?

Hypnosis is a word that describes a state of mind that allows new ideas, beliefs, and behaviors to be accepted into a willing participant’s mind without critical or judgmental scrutiny.  This lessens the likelihood   of rejection.  So someone coming to see me with a desire to lose weight will be guided into this special experience where prior agreed upon suggestions will be presented for acceptance.  During this time changes in perceptions will occur.  Using emotions to trigger positive responses to the behaviors that produce weight loss will be installed.  So that when my client eats the right kind of food in the right proportions they will feel powerful positive feelings.  I will also use emotions to trigger negative responses to the behaviors that have been keeping them fat or contributing to their unhealthy problems.  So that when they look at foods they want to avoid they will feel powerful negative feelings that keep them from wanting to indulge in those unhealthy foods and/or behaviors.

Each hypnotist approaches their clients, and their client’s problems in their own unique way.  I require my clients to commit to making the changes and commit to a series of sessions.  It is quite clear that the best weight loss programs are designed around a support system, and I view my work in the same way.  The series of sessions act as a support system for my clients as they build the new behaviors and responses into their lifestyle.

You probably already know that habits are what make our lives easier.  Habits help us to do repetitive tasks without thinking, so we can focus on what really needs our attention during our normal day to day existence.  With any change in lifestyle we are looking to develop habits that make it easy for us to maintain and continue this lifestyle.  So as we develop the habits of a healthy and fit person they become who we are.

Is It Temporary?

Someone responded to this question noting that the results of hypnosis are temporary.  Nothing could be further from the truth, but this again is a common myth and misconception.  Hypnosis is as temporary as any knowledge that we know and learn.  When you learn to ride a bicycle is that learning temporary?  Even if you stopped riding for many years, does that mean that it’s temporary?  No, of course not!  Of course we could choose to ride or not ride, because that is our free will.  Again, we need to review that hypnosis is not dangerous.  If hypnosis was about taking away my clients choice, that would be dangerous.  But by connecting my clients to many positive responses to the correct behaviors, they’re able to use those good feelings to guide them to a healthy and fit new life.

Hypnosis New York-Your Brain On Hypnosis

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Hypnosis New York times had done a piece on levels and ability of hypnosis new york experiences. I don’t think that there is a level of trance or hypnosis that is not available to most New Yorkers. This whole discussion about whether someone can experience trance or not is like asking if someone can enjoy movies or not. Mentally handicapped individuals would probably have difficulty sitting through a major motion picture, enraptured by the story. These are the people who would have difficulty using hypnosis to effectively stop smoking, or lose weight, or remove their fears of doing normal activities like flying, or riding an elevator. Everyone else is certainly capable.

Here is a couple of exerpts from that New York Times article on Hypnosis New York.

  • this is your brain under hypnosis - new york times article - this is your brain under hypnosis. by sandra blakeslee. published: november 22, 2005. hypnosis, with its long and checkered history in medicine and entertainment, is receiving some new respect from neuroscientists. recent brain studies …