How to stop smoking for good with hypnotherapy

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Did you know that under the right circumstances, Clinical Hypnosis, also referred to as Clinical Hypnotherapy, can be 80-90% effective in helping a person to stop smoking? Here's how it works.
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Edinburgh based clinical hypnotherapist, Mark Appleford, explains the ins and outs of how to stop smoking using hypnotherapy.


You need to want it and that part of you wanting it has to be the biggest of you!

Increased energy, the return of the sense of smell and taste, living longer. Those are only few of many benefits that arise once you stop smoking.


Many people who smoke want to give up. Yet, it hasn’t worked because it can be really difficult.

We need to recognise that quitting smoking can be a really hard thing to do, and there are many dimensions to quitting. It’s an inner game as much as an outer game that we’re playing, and it  starts on the inside.

As I’ve worked for many years with addictions, I started to recognise patterns and certain traits in clients, which helped me observe a lot.

They were in the best place to change their habits and life. It was really simple. They weren’t trying to do it for anyone else (their partners or family members) but simply for themselves.

It was the simple difference between: “My partner wants me stop smoking as she is scared for me” and “I’m stopping smoking because my partner said they’re scared and that made me think about what I was doing”.

When the latter realisation rises, it is the best place for Clinical Hypnosis to work perfectly. Why? Because it works with the unconscious part of you that want to stop.


Building a foundation


I liken it to building a foundation. It needs to be strong and deep so the rest of the house can be built on it, and be confident that it won’t sink.


The Science?


Some studies show that, in the right circumstances, Clinical Hypnotherapy can be 80-90% effective in helping people to stop smoking. Have a look at the following studies that show just that:

Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation

Clinical Hypnosis For Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention



How does clinical hypnotherapy work for stopping smoking ?

1. Strenghen the parts that wants to stop

It works by strengthening the part of you that wants to stop. Making it louder, so that it becomes the part that you listen to. It also helps to quieten and soften down parts of you that want to smoke, because they get something out of it. Those parts you may not even be consciously aware of.

A good example is the 10 minute smoking break that takes you away from work.

2. Interrupt the triggers

Another way it works is to interrupt the “triggers”  to disrupt the chain of events leading to you smoking.

An example that I hear all the time is “ I smoke when I have a drink”. The “trigger” here can be being with your friends, holding a pint glass in your hand or even the taste of your favourite drink.


How long does it usually take to stop smoking with clinical hypnotherapy?

When I work with clients to them overcome this habit, I normally work over three sessions. During these phases I bring all my experience to help maximise the potential for you to stop smoking for good.

Session 1: This is to help you realise why you want to stop and  to strengthen that desire and  focus. In this session you get taught self hypnosis, and  are  given material to help build you up for freeing yourself from that behavior.

Session 2: This is where we do the deep work. We spend about 90mins on the session where you  a hypnotic state to create the shifts in you that significantly increase your chances for quitting smoking. You are given a personal audio of this session that you can listen to another 2 or three time to help you stop smoking.

Session 3: At this stage it is all but sustaining any change or “topping” up on the work that has already been done to empower you to keep on the journey.


What do you receive during your personalised ‘Stop Smoking for good’ programme?

  • My undivided attention and two decades of experience in mental health, clinical hypnotherapy and mind-body systems
  • Complimentary Initial 15 minute phone consultation
  • 4 Hours clinical contact and 2 hours preparation time to help you stop and maintain the new habit
  • Personalised audios tailored to you
  • Additional support materials
  • We work fully online or in person at our Edinburgh or West Linton clinic.
Mark Appleford

Mark Appleford

The co-founder Living Health. Passionate about health, bodywork, Chinese medicine, mental health, clinical hypnotherapy, zen and martial arts.

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