Why I don’t persuade people to stop smoking with hypnosis.

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I’m a hypnotherapist specialising in helping people to stop smoking with hypnotherapy but whenever one of my discovery calls begins with, “my partner has asked me to call you and really wants me to stop smoking” I know that there is less chance that I am going to be working with this client. And please understand that’s not because I don’t wish to help anyone stop smoking with hypnosis. It’s just that I know that hypnosis doesn’t really work anyone unless that person is wanting it to work. For hypnotherapy to be effective in getting a person to quit smoking or vaping, the person who is making the enquiry needs to be invested into the process.

So whilst it’s great news that hypnotherapy is finally being recognised as a powerful approach in the battle to help people free themselves from the nicotine habit it’s even more of a reason, at least in my mind, to make a clear distinction between persuading people to stop smoking and offering hypnosis to people who are already committed to stopping smoking but are looking for support in the process.  

To that end: let’s debunk some of the misconceptions that hypnotherapists can make individuals do something they don’t want to do and highlight what hypnotherapists can do to support a person looking to give up smoking.

  1. A hypnotherapist will determine if the person wants to stop smoking, what their motivations are to quit smoking, so that they can support their client’s motivations during hypnosis.
  2. The hypnotherapist and the client will talk to each other before the appointment and ensure that the client fully understands the process and what to expect. During the discovery call, it will be easy to assess the clients suitability to have hypnosis to stop smoking. If the client needs persuading to have the smoking cessation hypnosis, the client is not ready. It really is as simple as that.
  3. Once the client has made an appointment for the session, I will ask my client to refrain from smoking on that day. This is usually a short period of time, which informs me of how invested the client is into the process.
  4. The first stop smoking with hypnosis session takes an hour and a half. In that time I will provide the client with tools to help them manage any cravings that they have. I will then put the client into a hypnotic trance and use a range of hypotic protocols designed to communicate with the unconscious mind and create change at an identity and drive level.
  5. I also use NLP tehcniques such as anchoring which can empower the client to feel positive feelings in relation to their old smoking habit well after the session.
  6. I work with unconscious mind to negotiate new ways for the client to enjoy whatever satisfactions they were getting from their old habit but do not involve smoking or eating or anything in fact damaging to the client’s health goals.

 Varying Results:

 The effectiveness of hypnosis does vary from one person to another. Some clients experience a complete relief from their smoking habit after the first session whilst others need two or three sessions to support them staying free from nicotine.

One of the elements that makes hypnotherapy so effective in supporting people who wish to stop smoking is that we tailor our session to the specific needs and triggers of any individual we treat.

Debunking the Myth:

Ultimately as hypnotherapists, we cannot force or control someone’s actions against their will. Hypnosis is not a magic tool that can make individuals do something they don’t genuinely desire. Instead, it is a supportive technique that can aid in reinforcing motivation, facilitating behavioral changes, and providing a positive mindset for those already committed to quitting smoking.


It is therefore crucial to understand before booking an appointment for a hypnosis stop smoking session that you understand that hypnosis will only work on someone genuinely looking to change that habit.  Hypnosis aims to reinforce and make conscious processes unconscious for the client whereby giving the client a new level of control and power. Many people mistakenly think hypnosis takes the power from the client away and seeks to control the client when in actual fact it’s the reverse. As hypnotherapists, our role is to empower and support individuals on their journey towards a smoke-free life, respecting their autonomy and working collaboratively towards their goals.