Adele Uses Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking

Adele Uses Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking.

Singer Adele kicked her 20-a day cigarette habit with a secret visit to a London hypnotherapist famous for helping celebrities quit, the can reveal. The British singer spent 3 hours with renowned addiction specialist Max Kirsten in August 2015 after five-years of failed attempts to stop.
She announced that she had finally knocked the habit on the head in a Rolling Stone interview before Christmas but didn’t explain how.
‘I absolutely loved it, but it’s not that f****** cool when I’m dying from a smoking-related illness and my kid is, like, devastated’, she said.


Adele paid a visit to see one of the most eminent hypnotherapists, Max Kirsten, at his London clinic in August 2015 after doctors warned her that her 20-a day habit could spell the end of her singing career
Dramatic transformation: Since quitting cigarettes the singer has since seen huge success with her latest single Hello and also looks pretty fabulous. After losing her voice completely in 2011, canceling shows and undergoing surgery, she was told by doctors to quit her habit or face the end of her career.

She had a £295 session with Harley Street hypnotist Susan Hepburn in 2014 in an attempt to give up for good but relapsed. Her trip to Max Kirsten’s Knightsbridge clinic came just months before the release of her smash hit single Hello.
Kirsten, author of self-help book Find Yourself to Help Yourself boasts an impressive roll-call of celebrities he has helped to quit, including Ewan Mcgregor (25-a day),Oscar nominee Tom Hardy and even, it is rumoured, Prime Minister David Cameron.
At the time Mcgregor said: ‘I didn’t think I would ever be able to give up and he (Max) made it effortless – very easy’.

Max, a former 30-a day smoker said: ‘I’ve smoked in the cold and rain, I’ve smoked through flu and I’ve had those blind panics you get when you run out of cigarettes late at night. I know what it feels like to try and stop smoking using willpower or patches and why those methods fail in 85% of cases.

Hypnotherapy and the Fire Service

Mental Health, Therapy and the Fire Service

By Doug Osborne

I have worked closely for over ten years with the Fire service across England and Wales. One common feature of those years was the sense that so much anxiety, psychological pain and disturbance goes unaddressed. In one of the workshops I have run since 2006 (training up fire setter advisors) I have been privileged to many service personnel’s trauma stories – both from working in the service and family history. I quickly became aware of just how much difficulty individuals accept as part of their daily life when actually this could be addressed with some concise, targeted therapy. A big concern is how much of this underlying psychological stress gets imprinted on children and other adults in contact with the sufferer.

Since 2006 I have treated hundreds of people for big and small traumas – part of their day to day work and in some cases historic difficulties that continue to haunt them.

What are Trauma symptoms?

The surface symptoms that show up when you have experienced a trauma can range widely: flashbacks, nightmares, changes in sleep routines, phobias – that may seem completely unconnected to any obvious difficulty, relationship issues, mood swings, panic attacks, anger outbursts, depression or listlessness, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.

What is clinical hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a method of addressing the automatic part of you – the unconscious – to achieve your goals or resolve an issue. Sometimes I say being a Clinical Hypnotherapist is a bit like being a computer programmer with people.

Trance is a natural state we experience every day – during daydreaming, reading a good book, even driving. Clinical hypnotherapy uses these natural trance states to work on your goals and symptoms. This sounds a bit mystical – it’s not!

What is EMDR?

EMDR is a specific form of therapy faster, deeper acting – on the root cause – and it doesn’t depend on you spending hours talking through the details of your difficulty. It has a respected and diverse clinical evidence base that is acknowledged by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the NHS and many psychiatrist and medical practitioners. Currently the number or registered practitioners in the NHS is quite limited.

What happens to the brain when someone is traumatised?

Imagine this.
You eat a banana and your digestive system doesn’t digest it. What would happen? Well probably the banana would begin to rot inside your body slowly and pervasively poisoning you. Symptoms begin to emerge that seem to be unrelated to the original banana event. Imagine the consumption of that banana was 20 years ago and in the here and now you have seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Often a patient may have experienced a difficulty – they may or may not remember this consciously. If this happens in very early childhood or under extreme pressure it is sometimes forgotten or masked as a protective psychological mechanism. As the ‘undigested’ memory sits in the unconscious part of the brain, the raw emotion, belief and bodily sensations can creep into everyday situations – seemingly unconnected to anything in particular. Traumatic material is therefore buried in the unconscious, and a bit like Kryptonite to Superman, from time to time renders the sufferer a period of low functioning.

What is the Unconscious?

The conscious mind does the thinking and rationalising, goes to sleep and wakes up and perceives it has control and ‘runs the show’. It does to a degree, but the bulk of our process is unconscious – around ninety percent!

A bit like our iceberg here – think of the conscious mind as the tip, the unconscious hidden away under the water.

Just for a second think how many automatic physical functions are going on right now; your heartbeat, your breathing, your digestion, let alone holding onto all your memories and experiences!

Accessing the unconscious mind – especially around emotional and mental stuff – can be tricky. We all have a unique set of filters on how we see the world.

It’s worth mentioning here that it is a real skill to be able to lead people towards what they want, so it is a bit of a myth that you can lose control in a hypnosis session and end up doing stuff you wouldn’t normally do. Clinical hypnosis has nothing to do with stage hypnosis.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy or EMDR Session?

Initially we will talk about the nature of your issue – this helps me understand how you have come to this point in your life. This also allows time for us to get comfortable with each other and you can ask any questions you like.

We usually spend some time looking at what hypnotherapy is, how it works, why it works and some simple examples that help your understanding. All of this is completely confidential. I may also introduce you to the concept of EMDR.

After this I tailor an individual approach to the issue and deliver the therapy based on our negotiated goals, modifying the therapy according to our progress.

We will talk about what the actual hypnosis state feels like and what you can expect to happen; usually it requires you to make yourself comfortable. We then work through a number of relaxation exercises and then begin the process.

I have treated hundreds and hundreds of people – everyone responds a little differently. Hypnotherapy and EMDR are safe and very powerful techniques in the right hands.

How many sessions will I need?

That really depends on the issue. Simple anxiety that has no serious trauma can be as little as 4 sessions. Typically panic attacks can be 6-8 sessions, most traumas require at least 12 sessions, the more complex the more sessions.

Always check your practitioner’s credentials, professional registration and insurance before proceeding.

Article by City Clinical Hypnosis:

3Doug Osborne hold a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, an Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis, is a registered member of the UK EMDR association. He has worked on the psychiatric unit of Roehampton Priory’s Outpatients and numerous West London GP practices. He is fully trained in Trauma interventions and can also help with most emotional and psychological problems.


Source : Fire Style Magazine

Try Hypnotherapy to help you quit smoking in StopTober!

Try hypnotherapy in October which has now become the annual StopTober campaign, where people are encouraged to try to quit smoking.

Source: Extra methods to help you stop smoking – Burnley Express


The month of October has now become the annual StopTober campaign, where people are encouraged to try to give up smoking.

The risks associated with smoking are widely advertised and include lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, other cancers, infertility and gum disease.Despite this, however, many people really do struggle to stop smoking. They may feel that smoking helps them deal with stress or worry that stopping will make them gain weight; it may also be all their friends smoke.

 Whatever the reason, the truth is that the benefits of stopping are enormous.

A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking is an extremely effective treatment for breaking the habit for good. The reason hypnotherapy can be so helpful in stopping smoking is that a key aspect is letting go of the routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently.

If you are considering stop smoking hypnosis, the first step is to make sure you are choosing to quit for yourself. Hypnotherapy is most effective when you really want to quit. For example, if you are stopping because friends or a family member is pushing you, you may not get the results you want.

Hypnotherapy works by putting you in a deep, relaxed state where your mind is more open to suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist will look to change your thought patterns by making suggestions such as ‘I do not want a cigarette’ or ‘I am repelled by the smell of cigarette smoke’. You may also be taught various tools and techniques, which you can practise at home.

Some people find stop smoking hypnosis is enough to break the habit, while others prefer to combine the treatment with other supportive remedies.

 These could include herbal remedies such as Avena Sativa, a remedy made from oat seed that has actually been used to help support people through anxiety and withdrawal symptoms for centuries. In fact there are records of Avena Sativa being used to help people through opium withdrawal.

If it was helpful for that, then it could certainly be helpful for nicotine withdrawal.

Additional help could also come from a herb called Lobelia, supportive in two ways.

Firstly, it could help to clear mucus from your chest, improving breathing quite quickly, according to herbalists. Secondly, Lobelia actually binds to nicotine receptors and therefore can stop the cravings.

Hypnotherapy for Smoking

Hypnotherapy for Smoking

During my work with smokers, I find many people say to me “that voice within me, that wants to keep me a smoker is so strong. I know I want to give up and I start out so well, but after a few weeks, that voice of temptation starts to shout louder and louder and I end up giving in to it, feeling disappointed and frustrated.”

That voice comes from your smoking identity, that voice is the voice that put you on the path of smoking in the first place. When you smoked that first cigarette, it was disgusting, you coughed and choked, it tasted awful, it may have given you a headache or even made you feel sick, your body recognised the poison you were inputting into it.

But that voice spoke up, you wanted to be a smoker, to be part of the ‘in crowd’, to be cool, to be like your friends or the people you admired, you wanted to be a rebel, to be grown up and you wanted these things at all costs.

So you managed to switch off your poison receptors, through the strength of this voice and this continues to rest within your subconscious beliefs and identities. This voice had to become so powerful, that it changed your perception of smoking, shutting down your natural senses and ignoring all the health issues.

Through hypnosis you are able to reset these self saboutaging beliefs and allow your new preference to be a non smoker, to have the stonger motivation and identity.

Many people put off the day when they will become a non smoker, fearing the change, but I would say to you that if you aren’t intending to be a smoker all your life, then why put off that day? The only time that exists is now, and whether you stop smoking ‘now’, or when at a ‘now’ in the future, ‘now’ is always ‘now’….