Quitting smoking is one of the hardest and most rewarding things you will ever do. Trying to quit and not succeeding makes us feel like a failure, and the fear that we can’t quit is often what holds us back. Instead of using methods that promote fear of the consequences of smoking, our therapists use hypnosis to tap into the client’s own desire and motivation to quit while removing any blocks to achieving this goal.
The April 2019 edition of Prevention Magazine features an extensive interview with our therapists about using hypnosis to quit smoking.
Dr. Noah Kass and Dr. Rebecca Hoffenberg understand both the habitual and psychological reasons that you smoke. With clinical training in addiction, extensive education, and advanced hypnosis training, their deep understanding, combined with hypnosis to propel you forward, is the key to change.
While people often smoke to alleviate stress, the reality is that smoking makes them feel more stressed and frustrated because it’s something they don’t want to do anymore. Our goal is for clients to enter our offices with the expectation that they will no longer smoke after this hypnotherapy session, and to walk out feeling happy and confident that they will succeed. Dr. Kass and Dr. Hoffenberg use their vast psychological knowledge to address resistances to quitting — such as fear of failure, not having an outlet for stress, or gaining weight — and to identify if there are other contributing factors such as anxiety, depression, or difficulties in your relationship. At the core, it’s about feeling better and ending the frustration — not just quitting smoking.
Ample research supports hypnosis as an effective tool for smoking cessation. Evidenced-based research has demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnosis for smoking cessation over other methods: hypnosis is more than twice as effective as self-care methods, more than twice as effective as nicotine gum and three-times as effective as physician interventions where the physician offered more than counseling (Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992).
Please read below for scholarly articles regarding the use of hypnosis for smoking cessation:
A meta-analytic comparison of the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods (Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992)
Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long-Term Abstinence (Wynd, 2005)
Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation (Barber, 1999)
Clinical Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention (Elkins & Rajab, 2005)
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