Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation: Claiming Your Right to Good Health

Hypnosis and Smoking Cessation: Claiming Your Right to Good Health

Daphne Stevens, Ph.D., LCSW


You feel terrible about it. You’ve tried to quit 300 times, and you feel like a total failure.

You know all the reasons you need to stop smoking. You’ve been lectured by your doctor. You can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting breathless. Your spouse complains about your bad breath, and your car and your clothes smell bad–okay, they stink–although you’re fastidious about cleanliness.

And if that’s not enough, you’ve read about smoking and aging. Leathery skin, yellow teeth, thin bones, are bad enough. Lung cancer and strokes are unthinkable.

When I was much younger, I worked in a hospital. It’s hard to imagine a time when smoking was allowed in health care facilities, but there I was, sitting back comfortably in the break room, enjoying a mid-afternoon cigarette with a friend.

A young intern approached me. He was an affable fellow, and we worked well together, but today his brow was furrowed. His message was terse. He bent down and whispered: “Cigarettes kill.”

What a card. What a kidder. I loved bantering with the guy. But the urgency in his voice stayed with me. His comment was no laughing matter.

I’m a healthy woman today. At 71, I exercise hard five times per week. Mid-afternoon breaks are still a deep pleasure, but cigarettes are happily absent.

How did it happen? I could tell you my story, but your story is the only one that matters.

It’s commonly known that nicotine is one of the most addictive of substances. But here’s the good news: Your body, your psyche, your whole being, craves health more than you crave cigarettes. Breaking through the craving crisis into a healthy, relaxed way of life, is no picnic, but it’s possible. For anyone. For you.

What’s Hypnosis?

Myths abound. Smoking, overeating, yelling at your kids, and heavy drinking supposedly go away like magic. Well, I’m here to tell you that hypnosis does work–and that no magic is needed.

You’ve probably experienced hypnosis already. If you’ve ever gotten absorbed in a good novel, missed your exit on the interstate, or lost track of time in a daydream, you’re “suggestible.” Hypnosis simply means settling down and entering into a state of deep relaxation in which you’re profoundly open to new information and insight. It means being curious, and accessing a part of yourself that knows your innate right to be healthy.

So, if it’s that simple, why go to a therapist? Good question. A quick answer is this: Cigarettes have likely been a source of great comfort, or you wouldn’t be fighting the urge. A skilled hypnotherapist can companion and train you in learning better, more healthy, real sources of comfort. The journey into wellness is a journey into your deeper self–the self beneath the habits of thought and behavior that sabotage your best intentions.

Research shows that the human voice is more soothing than music. When you’re flailing about trying to change your habits, a human voice can ease you through anxiety and pain. At one level, hypnosis provides the simple presence of a trustworthy voice, to help you through the rough times and replace the negative self-talk in your head.

But hypnosis is about other things. In each conversation, each statement that we make, there’s usually a subtle embedded message. Behavioral therapists, for example, advise parents to focus on positive statements. “Be sure and remember your lunch box,” is more powerful than “Don’t forget your lunch box.” Why? Because the unconscious loves encouragement. The unconscious loves positive messages so much that our children skip over the “Don’t” part–and go straight to the “Forget your lunch box!” part.

So here’s a start. Starting now, begin to say to yourself, “I’m a person who smokes.” Not, “I’m a smoker.” Try saying, “I’ve practiced quitting all kinds of times, on the road to learning to succeed.” All kinds of self-judgment begin to torment us when we over- identify ourselves with our problems. And the unconscious hates judgment. Like your kid with the lunch-box, your psyche

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Embracing Wellness: A Holistic Approach to Psychotherapy

Embracing Wellness: A Holistic Approach to Psychotherapy

Unlocking the Power of the Mind and Soul for a Fulfilling Life

Welcome to my comprehensive guide on holistic psychotherapy, where I integrate traditional and innovative therapeutic approaches to foster personal growth and mental well-being. Our mission is to empower individuals to navigate life’s challenges and unlock their full potential, leading to a life of joy, purpose, and fulfillment.

Understanding Holistic Psychotherapy
Holistic psychotherapy is an all-encompassing approach that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. It combines traditional psychological methods with alternative therapies, acknowledging the interconnection of emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

  • Mind: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques help unravel negative thought patterns, providing tools for coping and growth.
  • Body: Techniques like biofeedback, yoga, and relaxation exercises are employed to harmonize the physical aspects with mental health.
  • Spirit: Incorporating elements of spirituality and existential exploration, this approach fosters a deep connection with one’s inner self.

Comprehensive Services Tailored to Individual Needs

My services are designed to cater to a wide range of mental health needs, including:

  • Anxiety and Depression Management: Utilizing CBT and mindfulness to alleviate symptoms and promote resilience.
  • Trauma and Grief Counseling: Offering compassionate support and effective strategies for healing and recovery.
  • Personal Growth and Self-Discovery: Encouraging clients to explore their potential and embrace life’s opportunities.

Integrative Techniques for Holistic Healing

  • Jungian Based Psychodrama: A creative therapeutic method that explores the subconscious through dramatization and role-playing.
  • Symbolic-Experiential Therapy: Focusing on family dynamics and personal symbolism to foster deeper understanding and change.
  • Hypnotherapy: Utilizing the power of suggestion to promote positive change and healing.

Embracing the Journey: Client-Centric Approach

My approach is client-centric, respecting each individual’s unique journey towards wellness. I offer a safe, supportive environment where clients are encouraged to be active participants in their healing process.

At my practice, we are dedicated to guiding individuals towards a harmonious and fulfilling life. Embrace the journey towards self-discovery and empowerment with our holistic psychotherapy services.

Daphne Stevens, Ph.D, LCSW

Diagram: The Holistic Psychotherapy Model

Looking to Improve Your Life? Here Are Things to Stop Doing Today

We spend a lot of time thinking about things we can do to make our lives better, but in reality, there are a number of things we can STOP doing – right now, today – that will improve our lives for good! Daphne Stevens, Ph.D., LSCW, provides life coaching, psychotherapy, and a range of other mental health services designed to help you live your best, most fulfilling life.
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Art Work: Saying Yes to a Larger Love

No Clue, but Lots of Curiosity….

Ask a question here, then answer in the next paragraph

My 65th birthday was a day of discovery.  For one thing, I realized that 65 wasn’t nearly as old as I’d thought.

Well, yeah, there were the wrinkles.  And the gray hair.   And the realization that, after a lifetime of yoga and fitness training, stair rails were suddenly important.  When had I even begun to notice stair rails?

But the day offered new questions.  I’d been a wife.  A mother.  A friend.  A writer.  But mostly I’d been a therapist.
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“It’s so hot!” “It’s so cold!” “Are you ready for Christmas?” “What are you doing this summer?”

Small talk. Dumb talk. Ordinary talk. (Of course it is hot!  It’s summer.  Of course it is cold! It’s winter.  No one is ever ready for Christmas–and if they are, we don’t want to hear about it.  And what am I doing this summer? Being hot and complaining about it!)

Yet I long for such small talk. The current conversational trends–“Are you staying safe?”
“Is your family okay” “Wearing a mask is a pain.” are well-meaning. But too often the question behind the question is “How are you staying sane?”

Insanity is the new normal. “If it bleeds, it leads,” goes the old saying about news reporting– and there is plenty of bleeding to lead. We’re bombarded with images ranging from the horrific to the utterly banal: Cruelty, hatred, stupidity, absurdity, exploitation, lies and distortions are everywhere. It’s overwhelming. It’s outrageous.

It’s predictable.

Many of us are still quarantined. We face endless days devoid of the structure that are sources of personal identity, or endless days and nights of care giving, housekeeping, worrying, and feeling inadequate.  Living with family 24/7 makes for tension and cabin fever.  And living alone gets–well, lonely.

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