Are You Sick and Tired of Being Addicted to Nicotine, But You Don't Know How to Quit?
I can help.
If you are discouraged by one or more previous unsuccessful attempts to quit, or you have never tried to quit smoking because it seems too hard or too scary, you are not alone. Tobacco addiction is a chronic, serious illness that is difficult to manage on one’s own. For most moderate to heavy users, quitting is enormously challenging, and relapse is the rule rather than the exception.
I will work with you to formulate a personalized quit plan, and support you throughout the process of quitting and maintaining abstinence. I use a systematic approach that is informed by my training in Smoking Cessation Hypnosis, my professional experience treating clients in a smoking cessation research clinic, and my knowledge of current research and identified best practices in smoking cessation. I work with light smokers as well as chronic, heavy smokers. It is never too late to quit!
I offer clients two treatment options to help them quit smoking:
Option 1: Hypnosis to minimize or eliminate withdrawal symptoms
This approach offers the benefit of safe, drug-free treatment for tobacco addiction without side effects. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for amplifying motivation and minimizing or eliminating the discomforts that often accompany the withdrawal phase. My 4-session program is comprehensive and promotes long-term abstinence. Research shows that briefer treatment models are more of a "quick fix" and leave the client vulnerable to relapse.
Session 1: Intake; preparation for quitting; assignment of homework; hypnosis Session 2 (1 week later): Quit date. Review homework; hypnosis to combat withdrawal and build confidence Session 3 (2-3 days after quit date): Adjust quit plan as needed; hypnosis to reinforce motivation/confidence Session 4: Adjust plan as needed; hypnosis for reinforcement/maintenance
Because hypnotic suggestions reach the subconscious level, clients are able to deeply integrate important new, healthy beliefs about themselves as nonsmokers, and their commitment to long-term abstinence. Suggestions are also incorporated which promote healthy behaviors and maintenance of healthy weight. Clients may take home a customized audio recording to listen to for daily relaxation and reinforcement.
Individuals who chose this option have their physician prescribe and monitor them on one of several available smoking-cessation medications to ease the symptoms of withdrawal in the early phase of quitting. Concurrently, I work with the smoker before and after quitting to implement a personalized quit plan that addresses all the factors medication cannot address. My medication comparison chart on this page will give you an idea of the clinically proven treatments currently available. Ask your doctor which medication is most appropriate and safe for you.
Smokers may continue to experience some degree of withdrawal or craving even while on medication, and cravings will most likely arise on occasion long after the resolution of the acute physiological withdrawal period. I work with the patient to address these risk factors and promote long-term abstinence. Together we will identify your triggers, anticipate challenges, help you avoid common pitfalls, help you manage stress, identify powerful motivational self-talk, and develop strategies for staying smoke-free long after the medication has been discontinued.