By Chris Fleet, top UK Hypnotherapist, Devon School Of Hypnotherapy
“I really want to stop smoking, but there is a part of me that just keeps making me want to smoke.”
How many times, as a smoker, have you said this?
How many times as a hypnotherapist have I heard this?
Perhaps not related to smoking but most can add their slant on the statement; I really want to stop…. [worrying, stressing, over/under eating, picking nails/skin, drinking, gambling, using illicit drugs, etc.]….but there is a part of me that just wants to carry one. This is something that is common to us all.
Parts therapy is an excellent way of finding a resolution for this dilemma. Of course, as with everything, there are drawbacks and caveats, but overall, it is an excellent way of dealing with the hidden reasons as to why we feel the need to do these things.
A client named ‘Mandy’ (not her real name), came to see me last month. Now, Mandy had stopped smoking several times before but had always started up again.
The first time she came to see me, I realised that her treatment would not be a simple case of direct suggestion. To begin with, I used my usual first-time techniques; Fork in the path, the smoke-filled room, coping to master, future packing, and ego boosting. Mandy responded somewhat, but I was not convinced that she was being compliant. Mandy passed the hypnosis tests I gave her -her hands were stuck together, but something just didn’t quite sit right with me. Continue reading “Smoking Cessation: A Case Study of Parts Therapy”