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There’s no one right answer to this question. The number of sessions needed to quit smoking depends on the individual. However, in my practice, my general rule is just one session. Of course, some patients need a follow-up session, but I’ve found that for most people, one long session (2 hours or so) is enough to help them kick the habit.

The most important factor in determining how many sessions of hypnosis are necessary is how ready the patient is to quit. If someone’s truly ready to give up smoking, one session is usually enough; and if they’re not ready (or don’t even want to quit), it can take many sessions before they see results.

There are plenty of people who have smoked for decades and suddenly go cold turkey and never smoke again. These people have made a conscious decision that they were ready to quit and used willpower to kick the habit both consciously and subconsciously. They told themselves that they were going to quit and that was that. Like making any other major life change, making your mind up to achieve your goal is the first and most important step – call it setting an intention.

What Does It Mean To Set An Intention?

What this means is setting a clear goal in your own mind and deciding that you will achieve this goal, no matter what. Our minds are more powerful and more stubborn than you might think and once you’ve set your sights, you’ll be focused on doing what it takes to achieve your goal.

You’ll find yourself occupied with thoughts and emotions relating to your intention and it’s the emotions which really help you move forward. Emotions are powerful things which can give you the motivation you need to do almost anything if you feel strongly enough about it.

How Do People Manage To Quit Cold Turkey?

Simply put, they set their intention to give up the habit and they focus on becoming a non-smoker. This triggers an emotional response which reinforces their resolve to quit smoking. When conscious thoughts and emotions come together, the effect can be powerful – and this includes giving up smoking.

How Does Hypnosis Fit Into The Picture?

Hypnosis is one of the most powerful tools available to help people quit smoking quickly – as long as they’re truly ready to give up the habit, that is. Think back to the example of smokers who suddenly kick the habit because they start thinking of themselves as non-smokers. These thought patterns bring up emotions and strengthen their will to quit. The conscious mind decides to become a non-smoker and these thoughts filter into the subconscious, with the individual trying to quit taking on the psychological qualities of a non-smoker.

The advantage of hypnosis is that it’s not necessary to have the kind of determination that someone who successfully quits cold turkey does. Instead, the therapist guides their patients towards the kind of mindset that creates the right thought patterns and triggers the feelings needed to set an intention to quit.

If you really want to quit for your own sake, then you’ve already set your intention. A hypnotherapist can help things along by guiding your subconscious thought patterns towards a non-smoking mindset. You don’t have to reach the point where you’ve had enough with smoking – all you need is to genuinely want to quit. That’s half the battle right there; and hypnosis taps into the subconscious mind to lay the groundwork for lasting change, even after as little as one session in many patients.

Of course, some people need more than one session of hypnosis to quit smoking. Some people need a second session and a very small number need a third before the therapy brings about the changes they’d hoped for.

Ultimately, the number of hypnotherapy sessions matters less than making sure that appropriate post-hypnotic sessions are implanted. Once this is done, the patient is well on the way to becoming – and staying – smoke free for good.

Erika Slater CH
Free At Last Hypnosis

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Hypnosis is an alternative health treatment that can help you in many areas of your life. It can help you to lose weight, quit smoking, cope with anxiety, get rid of phobias and increase your self-esteem.

In part one we defined hypnosis and we looked at how it feels to be hypnotized. Here in part two we continue with some other important truths about the practice of hypnosis.

Here is a common question asked by many people about hypnosis – is it dangerous?

When you take part in a guided hypnotic session you have what is known as an observer self. You have to expand your thinking to understand the observer self. It is “an actual part of you that is always aware and watching out for you.” While under hypnosis you can trust and be assured that your observer self is watching over you carefully and will not let anything happen to you that you would not permit in your waking state.

Hypnosis is capable of making us sharper and more focused mentally. Due to this it is actually able to make us safer (as opposed to less safe) because it allows us to become more aware of our surroundings as we go through our day. This is a good thing and an aspect of hypnosis that many people do not think about or are even aware of.

Hypnosis will not cause you to do anything against your will nor will it cause you to reveal any information about yourself that you would prefer to keep secret.

Basically, you’ll not say or do anything that you would not ordinarily do. Under hypnosis you continue to have a choice because your brain does not stop functioning properly nor is your ability to reason altered or diminished.

This is one of the most common misconceptions about hypnosis. You may see the things that stage hypnotists get audience members to do to entertain others and it might cause you concern. This is done for entertainment value only, and frankly has nothing to do with therapeutic hypnosis and is more about a subjects openness to suggestibility than anything else. It cannot be emphasized often enough – you will never ever do anything while under hypnosis, nor will you accept any suggestions while in this state that violate your moral code or any of your values.

Hypnosis is healthy and safe.

You will not get trapped in it and you do not have to worry about getting stuck in a terminal hypnosis state. It is something that can happen under any circumstances so it is not a reason to stay away from hypnosis treatments.

For instance if a tape you were listening to came to an end or if the hypnotherapist exited the room and you no longer heard a voice then one of two things would happen. Your subconscious mind would realize that there is no longer a voice guiding the session and you would be brought back to conscious awareness.  Or you might just fall asleep and then wake up as naturally as if you were asleep in your bed.

Now there may be other reasons why hypnosis may not work for your problem or goal, but a certified hypnotist is trained to recognize these conditions and suggest other alternatives for you.


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Hypnosis is a therapy that can be used for a number of health and well-being issues.

It helps to understand the truth behind it before you jump in with both feet (especially if you are a first timer!). Here we take a  close look at the practice of hypnosis.

How can hypnosis be defined?

Generally speaking, hypnosis can be thought of as a relaxed and focused state of concentration. Many people believe that it is similar in nature to sleep. In reality it is quite different. The brain enters into a very specific state of being when it becomes open to suggestion. It is not an unusual or strange state of mind and many people feel very normal when they are in hypnosis while others feel like they are in a trance-like state.

Before trying out hypnosis you may wonder what it will feel like. Do not worry as you have nothing to be nervous about. Not everyone experiences hypnosis in exactly the same way and not everyone describes their experience in similar terms. Some people feel as if their body is lighter and they are floating on a cloud while others feel as if their body has gotten heavier.

One thing that most people who have hypnosis agree upon is that it makes them feel very good. The relaxation they feel is tremendous. Hypnosis quiets and calms the mind and soothes and relaxes the body.

The reason why hypnosis is often described as being just like sleep is because it mimics the feeling an individual has as they are just drifting off to sleep (referred to as the alpha state). The alpha state is a state that is dreamy, soothing and very pleasant. During this period of time the mind is open to having visualizations and by so doing a rich sensory experience. This is comparable to how hypnosis feels. The more an experience becomes real in the subconscious mind the more it will have an effect on your behavior when awake.

What you may not realize is that hypnosis is a state of mind that is quite normal and is one that most of us experience on a daily basis. When you are reading a book or watching a movie and become totally engrossed in it to the exclusion of other things in your surroundings then that is a form of hypnosis.

When you listen to music that captures a certain mood you can become hypnotized by it. If you lose track of time and place or if someone has to call out your name a few times then you are in hypnosis. There are many different examples of this from everyday life, and so anybody that thinks they cannot be hypnotized… you already have, but didn’t know it.

On the other hand most hypnotherapists will tell you if somebody comes to them believing they cannot be hypnotized then they’ll make a poor subject for the hypnotists to take on and help.

Continue onto part two of this series to learn more about the truth as it pertains to hypnosis.


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