I was very skeptical about hypnotherapy until I read up on it further. I was going to do everything I could to help myself succeed at quitting smoking. Of course, I had talked to my doctor, and I was using a quit smoking aid. But, I wanted to give myself the best mental chance of denying myself cigarettes that I could. As I looked up exactly what hypnotherapy is, I discovered that it creates new responses, behaviors and attitudes in a person, and that is right in line with what I am trying to do. I called a hypnotherapist in my area and told him that I wanted to give it a try. At my first appointment, I knew something was going on because I felt completely different when I came to afterwards. I also felt extremely relaxed, which by itself helped me avoid wanting to smoke a cigarette. I had made many lifestyle changes already to help keep my stress levels down as well so that I would not pick up those cigarettes and start smoking again. I had already slipped up some, but I just kept on going with quitting. The hypnotherapist I visited explained how everything was going to work with my visits. I decided afterward that I was going to meet up with him again. Before I went back the next week, I noticed a difference. I started to want cigarettes less often, and I also had no slip ups that week either. There are many techniques that go into hypnotherapy, so I want to encourage people to check it out as an option. It’s not just a “you’re getting sleepy” type deal. There is much more to it than that. So, hypnotherapy has worked for me. I continue to go, and I have continued not to smoke any cigarettes at all.
Matthew Cahill is the author of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy: A Practitioner's Guide. He is the founder of The Observatory Practice which is a full time busy practice. In 2006 he was Awarded “Outstanding Contribution to the Hypnotherapy Profession”. He is also Chair for the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) which is the government advisory board for hypnotherapy organisations.