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Quit Smoking with Hypnosis & NLP



The effects of nicotine addiction and cigarette habituation on individuals, their families and the broader community are major health and social issues that often require a multi-level treatment approach. It is to this end that Canberra Body Therapy offers Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for smoking cessation as an option for smokers that is grounded in both the science of addiction and, just as importantly, the behavioural aspects of nicotine addiction.   The method we use combines hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).  The session runs for 2 1/2 hours.    

Over the past 2 years Canberra Body Therapy has experienced a significant growth in clientele and a successful record in helping smokers quit. Notably, we have also seen an increase in referrals from local GP's, the hospitals, and drug and alcohol support groups. The success of hypnotherapy  relies heavily on the skill and experience of the hypnotherapist. Our practitioner at Canberra Body Therapy, Len Forbes, is very experienced and well known for his success in helping people overcome addiction. *In the past 10 years Len has primarily focussed on working with smokers and has helped over  2000 people in the Canberra/Queanbeyan area quit successfully.



*Please watch these videos for feedback from our clients...


*Disclaimer: Please note that while the majority of our clients have positive results we cannot by law or otherwise guarantee individual outcomes.

It is quite normal to feel sceptical about hypnosis.  If you would like to discuss any concerns or details about how treatment might help you we offer a free 1/2 hour phone consultation - just so that you can get a sense of whether or not you think it's the right way to go for you.   Call Maria on 02 61616227, 0404039177 directly or click on the call me back link and she will call you at a time that's convenient for you.

We offer  private one-on-one appointments and also group sessions throughout the year.   If you start smoking again within 12 months you can return for another session free of charge.  If you'd like more information, or to book a session please call Maria on  02 61616227, 0404 039177 or email info@canberrabodytherapy.com.au   

We also have clients who are happy to talk to you about their experience.  Please email or call if you'd like to organise to find out first hand from someone who can chat to you about  what the session is like, what to expect etc.


   "Hi Len, Just thought you may like to know that today and right now it has been 8 weeks since I visited you. After our session I have not touched a cigarette since. Previously I had tried to quit more times than I could remember but now with your help and tools I feel I have got it licked and I feel great!   Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!   I will have no hesitation in recommending you.  Kindest regards, George*".  February 2014

   "Dear Len and staff,  It has now been over a year since my appointment with you for a session to stop smoking (2nd August 2013) - I am very proud to say I have not had a cigarette since. I am a different person.. I cannot thank you enough..   I have been meaning to send this email for some time and I apologise for the tardiness but the reality hit the other day when my 17 year old son and I were cleaning out our kitchen drawers in preparation for a house move.

We came across 5 different cigarette lighters.. We lined them up on the bench and my son looked at me and said "Mum, why do we have so many lighters??'… It took us both a full minute to realise and remember I had been a smoker!! We laughed and then I cried and then we laughed so more. Such an amazing feeling to not only be able to give up smoking but literally forget you ever smoked! I had so many former smokers say - there isn't a day goes by when I don't want one.. I have never had that, not once.  The mantra you gave me still is memorised today and comes out at times of need.

Something more happened that day. Something in our session flicked a switch on who I really am and the strength that I do have. I have always underestimated myself but you made me see that I can do and be what I want.  I am about to commence retraining in a whole new area at 41years old - because I can!   I have a calmness now that I had to force before now it just comes naturally - I thank you for that at a very personal level.

I know these are only words but Len - thank you for giving me my life back. And thank you for making my life now potentially very much longer by not smoking :)  Thank you again and take care of your amazing talent*".  Kindest and warmest regards, Trish,  October 2014.

   "I can’t sing the praises of Len’s hypnotherapy enough. I went in a little sceptical , But Len made me feel more than comfortable.  The fact that he takes the time to get to know about you and your past so that he can best serve your needs is great. I walked out without even the thought of a smoke. No Cravings, No Crankiness…… To me it’s a miracle.  If you walk in with a positive attitude and really take on board what he says, I believe you will stop smoking*".  Amanda Hayhoe.  February 2014.  

   "Hi Len,  Just thought you may like to know that today and right now it has been 90 days since I visited you. After our session I have not touched a cigarette since. Previously I had tried to quit more times than I could remember but now with your help and tools I feel I have got it licked and I feel great! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  I will have no hesitation in recommending you.*"  Kindest regards, George.  January 2014.

   "Just to let you know that yesterday was four months since I quit smoking.  My last smoke was on 26 October 2012 immediately before my session with Len.  I haven’t smoked since. I smoked for 44 years. I won’t ever again.  Most of the problem was habit with addiction a secondary (but hard) issue*".  Many thanks,  Brian Fitzgerald, February 2013.


"Just some feedback for Len, It has been amazing. No smoking, no cravings, no moods, no nothing! I have referred your business to many of my friends and family.*" Kind regards, Romaine Goodwin, March 2012.


   "I thank you and your program Len, it has truly changed my life and I will forever be a non-smoker. On Tuesday next week it will be 10 Months since I started my clean living and not one lapse. Thank you, Thank you*" Phil Meagher

  "Thanks Len, So far so good, no urges to have a cigarette. I've had some shocking days, and still not had an uncontrollable desire. I am impressed!*" Regards, Paul Garver   
        More testimonials...

*Disclaimer: Please note that while the majority of our clients have positive results we cannot by law or otherwise guarantee individual outcomes.

Research Hypnotherapy is gaining increasing recognition in terms of efficacy in an evidence based context.  While once perhaps considered a practice on the fringes of medical treatment, the data of comparative success levels demonstrates that hypnotherapy is resulting in high success rates in smoking cessation. While statistics on success rates, of all types of cessation methodologies, vary considerably, more than two decades of studies are consistently showing that many patients quit successfully with hypnotherapy (see Eason, 2011; American College of Chest Physicians, 2007; Elkins GR, Rajab MH, 2004; O' Driscoll, M, 2000; Wald et al, 1992; Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992; Schmidt & Chockalingam, 1992).

Schmidt & Chockalingam, (1992), carried out the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the smoking habit. The study combined results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. The results, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, clearly showed that hypnosis, to use the same terminology as the Quit counsellor, “was three times more effective than Nicontine Replacement Therapy”, and 15 times more effective than willpower. They concluded that overall, hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking.  It should be noted that many of the trials and studies have been brief sessions using standardised hypnosis techniques, and often take place in group sessions making it difficult to tailor to each individuals needs.  More advanced techniques, like those we use at Canberra Body Therapy and described by O'driscoll (2000), focus on one-on-one sessions and incorporate neuro-linguistic programming.  This methodology is seeing even higher success rates. (see references at bottom of this page)


Why do people find it so hard to quit smoking?
Everyone knows cigarettes are not good for them, and that they spend too much money on cigarettes. So, why do people continue to smoke, and why is it so hard to give up?  63% of smokers want to quit. Some of the reasons people say they don't and can't give up smoking are:


• They are addicted to cigarettes
• They don't want put on weight.
• They don't want to go through the withdrawal symptoms.
• They believe that they won't have the will power to quit.
• Some people smoke to relieve stress and relax

The biggest reason of all is because smoking cigarettes is not actually under your control.
How many cigarettes a day do you actually enjoy? If you are like most, maybe 4-5. All the others you smoke almost unconsciously.  When you first started to smoke you did it consciously. Once smoking becomes a habit, your subconscious mind drives you to smoke automatically. So unless you deal with the subconcious mind, and the individual reasons that  you smoke, you are unlikely to give up in the long term.

Have You Tried To Quit Cigarettes Before?  Why didn't it work?

• Did you not want to deal with the withdrawal symptoms?
• Did you start gaining weight?
• Did you just start smoking cigarettes for no real reason?
• Did you have just one and it turned into more?
• Did you get tricked into it?
• Or some other reason?

The reason for the success with this method is that it deals with all the reasons that are unique to you, and is also pro-active in removing a lot of the common reasons people fail, before they even happen.  For example, with this method, we help find and create new habits so you don't gain any weight from eating more when you quit cigarettes.  We can also help remove the withdrawal symptoms from the addictive aspects of cigarettes.


How does this system work?  One of the main reasons why this system works so well is because of Advanced Hypnosis. The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today the use of hypnosis is seen in medicine, dentistry, law enforcement, professional sports, and education. The other reason the method works is because it is tailored to your individual needs. It uses NLP, destroying myths, and removing ingrained habits.


How does hypnosis work?  Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the subconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The subconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the subconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.


Will This System work for me?   We are often asked if some people can't be 'hypnotised'.  The general rule of thumb is that everyone with an Average IQ or higher can be helped using these methods. While the great majority of our clients have success, we are not permitted by law or otherwise to guarantee individual outcomes.  The one-on-one sessions are also custom tailored to your individual needs, and this methodology has been shown to be one of the most successful ways to give up.  The key is that you really want to give up, if the answer is yes - then you're in the very high success rate category.

Is this system safe?  The methods are largley based on advanced hypnosis and NLP. Both of these systems are completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. You can't be made to do something against your will! Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

If you would like to talk to someone about giving up cigarettes with hypnotherapy, or to book your session please call Maria on 02 61616227, 0404 039177 or email info@canberrabodytherapy.com.au 


American College of Chest Physicians (2007, October 22). Hypnotherapy For Smoking Cessation Sees Strong Results. ScienceDaily.

Elkins GR, Rajab MH (2004), Clinical hypnosis for quit smoking: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, USA. Int. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 2004 Jan 52(1) pp73-81.

Eason, A (2011)  What is the Actual Evidence for using Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking?  Posted June 23, 2011 www.adam-eason.com 

O' Driscoll, M (2000), Smoking Cessation and Hypnosis - A comparative review of the effectiveness of hypnosis, an advanced method of hypnosis, and other interventions used for the cessation of smoking. Practice Builders Study : Smoke Free International's proprietary method

Schmidt & Chockalingam, (1992) University of Iowa, How One in Five Give Up Smoking Journal of Applied Psychology October 1992. Also New Scientist October 10, 1992

Wald, E., Eggelston T, J., & Girbson, F. (1992), "Cognitive reactions to smoking relapse", New Scientist, Issue 1845, vol 136, pp6.

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