My First Experience of Hypnotherapy
Advertised as ‘Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy’, the meeting was on a weekday evening in the local council house. I trundled along and, like a lot of other people, stood outside and had my last cigarette before heading in. Then, I had another cigarette and headed in…with the packet in my pocket!
I first came across hypnotherapy about 13 years ago when my eldest son was still quite young. At the time I was a smoker, about 20 a day, and had tried to quit the usual amount of times but never with any success. I came across an advert in the local newspaper, guaranteeing that they could stop anyone from smoking. It turned out that the ‘guarantee’ had ‘or your money back’ at the end, so they weren’t as confident as they first seemed. Still after reading the ad a few times, I thought, nothing to lose – if it doesn’t work I’ll get my money back and can go and buy some fags! So, I rang them up and booked my place.
Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy
We all sat ourselves down and spent the next 30 minutes listening to two very smartly dressed young men. They talked us through hypnotherapy and how it all works. Then it was down to business; on came the relaxing music and we all bowed our heads and closed our eyes. I remember some bits about how smoking is bad, why do I chose to smoke, I don’t need to smoke. Then there was a bit about imagining myself as a non-smoker. It all felt like only 10 minutes had passed.
Once we’d all had a bit of a stretch and a yawn, the leading man asked how long we thought that was. The general consensus was it was about 10-15 minutes long. We’d been in hypnosis for about 35 minutes. It did take me aback a bit. He then went on to do a bit of a sales pitch about CDs, leaflets and so on. And then it all ended, that was it.
I wasn’t quite sure why it had ended. Nothing had really happened and I felt no different to when I went in. I got up and walked out with the other people. As I went through the doors out, in to the open, I walked down the steps outside and realised that I hadn’t reached into my pocket yet. Maybe something had changed. And I kept walking, not smoking, just walking.
Amazingly, I’d quit smoking.
The Next Steps
This sparked my interest in hypnosis and, specifically, hypnotherapy. I read books and read up on line, but never did anything more than that. A few years ago I decided that my career wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I wanted to help others and I wanted to use hypnosis to do it. I found myself a training school in Warwickshire. It wasn’t the cheapest, but I did my homework and made sure it was one that trained their students properly. And that’s how it all started for me.