Stop Smoking Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I still have therapy for Stop Smoking?

Although I cannot see clients face to face, I am offering online therapy sessions so you can still get help with quitting.

Will it work as well as if I saw you in person?

Absolutely. During the current Covid crisis, working remotely is incredibly useful, and as long as you really want to quit then I will help you to achieve your goals. Stop Smoking has huge success as an online therapy, and is easier to manage than other issues.

How does the process work?

Even though we are not in the same room I can use techniques to relax you so the positive suggestions I give you to stop smoking are still taken onboard. This is similar to the follow up recordings I send to clients that I have seen in person. We are able to still have the same discussions we would have face to face, and along with the actual therapy I am there to support you and offer techniques for you to use at home.

What online apps do you use?

I use ether FaceTime or WhatsApp Video. These both have end to end encryption to help ensure privacy, but I do ask you to sign a form saying you are happy to use the technology and it is at your own risk. I do not use Skype or Zoom.

What is your fee for an online session?

A one hour session will be £90, payable in advance by online bank transfer. This is a reduction from my usual consultancy fee of £110, and reflects the fact that it is a stop-gap service during this coronavirus crisis. The fee includes a recording to use at home, and instructions on self-hypnosis.

How can I find out more?

Ring me on 07989 387660 or email me on


Will you travel and work at my home or business?

My consulting room is in Ilminster and offers a private and comfortable space for our sessions. I do offer home visits for those who are unable to travel, and I am happy to discuss this option.

What does a session involve?

We will work hard together at your first 60-90 minute session, so that there is time to discuss all the reasons you want to stop smoking, and help you set realistic goals. Although not guaranteed, many stop smoking clients only need one session. But I am there to support you every step of the way, and subsequent sessions are usually 60 minutes, although we might agree more time is necessary. In these sessions we review the work done previously, plus the homework you have done for yourself. It is a joint effort, and hopefully your progress will be inspiring you to move forward positively with all the areas in your life that require a bit of help.

What are your fees?

My consultation fee for a stop smoking session of approximately 90 minutes costs £110. This includes a recording to take away, and instruction on using self-hypnosis to help your journey. Subsequent sessions if necessary would be £95 for 60 minutes.

Do you offer a free consultation or taster session?

No. If you have questions about hypnotherapy and whether I may be able to help you, I am happy to discuss things with you on the phone or by email. Otherwise, we can do so much positive work in our first proper session, and it would be wasting your time not to get moving forward with your therapy immediately.

Do you offer recordings to listen to at home?

Yes, and it is vital that you follow up your sessions by listening to the recording. I record part of the first session for all clients, and give it to you to take home free of charge, or send as a MP3 file by email. This way, you immediately have something to work with, and get full value for money. If appropriate, I can make a personalised recording based on the knowledge I have of you, which I then give to you at our second session. Because this is personal to you there is a charge for this, but it is not ‘one size fits all’ recording, unlike commercially available recordings. This personalised recording will help you achieve success in your therapeutic journey.

Do I need to do any work myself?

Yes. Hypnotherapy is not a magic wand, and we both need to work together on your therapeutic journey. You will have to work at home, listen to your recording daily, putting into practice the techniques and therapy we have done together in our sessions. Daily practise makes a huge difference to changing your life.


Is hypnotherapy safe?

Hypnosis is a natural state and as such is essentially safe and compared to many orthodox clinical methods is remarkably risk-free. Assessment of the risks of hypnosis by medical and psychological committees have concluded that hypnosis is essentially a safe and beneficial procedure and carries no greater risks than those associated with other psychological therapy methods.

Can I be hypnotized against my will?

The answer to this is a big no, despite what the media would lead you to believe. You are not in a ‘zombie’ like state, just deeply relaxed and fully aware of your surroundings. You could even get up and walk out if you wanted to! A chaperone is available for all appointments, and you are never seen in my office without someone else present within easy reach.

What do I need to know before my first session?

To ensure you get the most from your initial session, please arrive promptly at your appointment time so you are not stressed, and to allow time to fill in some forms. Hypnotherapy will not be effective if you have used alcohol recently, so please do come fresh and ready for change. You will be very relaxed after the session ends, so it is advisable not to be in a rush to drive or go immediately into a stressful situation.

Do you work with children?

No, I do not work with anyone under the age of 16.

Are there any conditions or issues that you do not work with?

I do not work with anyone receiving medication for psychiatric issues, or who is under the care of a doctor or psychiatrist for these issues. All medication for any other medical problems should be declared before the session. Unfortunately, I do not work with anyone currently addicted to drugs, or in recent rehabilitation.

Do you give talks on Hypnotherapy?

I am very happy to give talks and demonstrations of hypnotherapy to your group or organisation, including group relaxation sessions. Please contact me with your requirements.

How can I find out more?

Please ring or email, and I will be happy to explain more about what hypnotherapy involves, and how it might help you.

A Brief History of Hypnotherapy:

Hypnosis is a highly effective method of gaining access to the potential of the human mind for personal development and therapeutic change. The first documented use of hypnotherapy was probably around 1500BC - the Ebers papyrus in ancient Egypt. In the West, modern hypnotherapy had its origins in the work of Franz Mesmer, a Viennese physician practicing in the 18th century. Mesmer’s methods were known as Animal Magnetism or Mesmerism. In the 20th century, Dr Milton Erickson and others showed that hypnosis could be developed and used in very creative ways. Pioneering use was made of hypnosis after World War II for shell-shock, or post-traumatic stress as we now understand it. In the post-war years, leading pioneers in the field such as Dave Elman and Gil Boyne developed the wonderful techniques we use now.

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