Stop Smoking

It was New Year’s Eve of 1985 and I was planning a wedding for May. I was conscious that I was starting a new chapter in my life as a newlywed and I didn’t want to start that life as a smoker.

I decided to do something different since I had tried to stop smoking on my own, only to start smoking again. I did some research on hypnosis and was referred to a retired dentist who was trained in hypnosis. He seemed nice enough, with snowy white hair and smooth creamy skin. His demeanor and stature had a Santa Claus quality.

We talked some; he wanted to know: “what is your goal,” “what have you tried before,” “what do you know about Hypnosis?” Then he asked me to sit in what looked like a big, cozy and comfortable recliner (which would turn into a dream transporter). He asked me to close my eyes and guided me in some breathing techniques then he started to tell me a story.

I heard a story about a women who had a toddler and that the toddler ventured under the kitchen sink. In that dark and hazardous space, the small child found a packet of “Rat Poison.” The packet fit nicely in the toddler’s hand. Of course the Mother jumped to take the Poison away from the child knowing how harmful and dangerous it was. At once the little child started to scream and cry for the packet. “I want my packet!”

The story went on and, in what I thought was about ten to fifteen minutes later, the sweet old man asked me to open my eyes. I was a bit annoyed that I had paid $80 to listen to a 10–to-15 minute story and wanted to set up another time because I KNEW that I had not been hypnotized.

The gentle soul just patted me on my shoulder and informed me that I had been in the chair with my eyes closed for 35 minutes and he said to call him back next week. By the time I got to my car I was more irritated and, by the time I got back to work, I was downright angry. I was furious about having spent $80 and not having been hypnotized only to realize that I had been angry for three days and had not thought of smoking.

It is so interesting how the mind and body works. Now, as a Certified Hypnotherapist, I know that the Dentist was using what is called the “Ericksonian” approach. Milton H. Erickson found story telling a non-threating method to enter the subconscious mind and to plant positive suggestions for beneficial change in people’s lives.

I have been smoke-free since 1985 and I know what smokers are going through since I have gone through the experience myself. If you are tired of feeling bad about the habit that has controlled your life, money, health, relationships and time; then give yourself the gift of Hypnosis. It is a wonderful experience that has changed so many lives.

For questions, pricing or just to find out about other ways hypnosis can help you, call me at 972-599-7040 I’m always happy to talk with you.