Reactions to hypnotherapy vary greatly - 20% of
people are highly susceptible - 20% are nearly impossible to hypnotise
- 60% could go either way.
Milling around in that care free 60% Loay El Hady found one recent
convert to shed a little light on hypnotherapeutic power.
Matt Goodship is a 27 year old salesman from Nottingham. He went
in for a hypnotherapy session at Alan Carrs self help clinic a year
ago to try and beat his smoking habit.
People are normally really sceptical about
hypnotherapy, what made you turn to it?
I tried everything else. Patches, an inhaler, giving up cold turkey
but they all just made me really irritable and I couldnt stick
it, every time I just went back on the fags. Then one day my mum
called and said one of her friends had gone on this course and gave
up smoking. She said it had a high success rate. So I figured I'd
give it a shot.
Nothing else worked? You must have been smoking pretty heavily
Yeah, normally about 20 a day but if I was going out it could be
30-40 without me even realising.
Your teeth are pretty white considering...
(Matt shifted uncomfortably in his chair) Cheers.
So you just headed into this class...
I called up and they said it was £150 for a four hour session
and thatd be all I needed.
£150, for 4 hours? They must have seen you coming!
I thought it was pretty dear at first but they have a money back
guarantee - if you werent cured first time you go back again
for free and if you still werent cured you get your money
Suppose thats not the worst deal ever.
Nah, not at all. If you put it in perspective, £150 is only
a months fags so in the long run if it worked, Id be saving
loads of money and you get a key ring too!
Bargain! So what happened on the day?
Went to the session, there was about 15 other people there and we
were all sat about talking. We were allowed to smoke as much as
we wanted to. Were all puffing away while they spoke to us,
then towards the end they told us to relax - then they started asking
us about why we started smoking, most responses were cos we were
stressed, and they proceeded to tell us that it was smoking that
stressed us out more than what we actually smoked for.
By now some people fell asleep and I heard them snoring - I was
awake and really relaxed. They told us that we didnt need
to smoke and that was it. They asked us to leave all our cigarettes
with them on the way out and we were done.
I didnt feel like I needed to smoke anymore.
What? That doesnt make any sense, where was the hypnotherapy?
That was it.
No people with glasses, swinging pendulums saying "repeat
Not even a never ending black and white spiral that goes round
and round to the tune from the twilight zone that you have to concentrate
on til you get really dizzy?
No - none of that.
And that seriously helped you give up?
Swear on my life, havent had a cigarette since and that was
13 months ago. Id be lying if I said I didnt want one
the first couple of weeks, but getting me back to the root of why
I smoked showed me I didnt need to.
So I take it youd recommend this to anyone else thinking
giving up smoking.
Definitely - I feel healthier; I've got more energy and at least
150 quid extra in the bank each month.
What does that go on?
Booze! Nah, I'm only kidding, Im putting most of it away to
take my girlfriend away on holiday.
Its made you healthy and romantic, thats
nice. One last question, what was Paul Mckenna like?
Matt tried to convince me that Paul Mckenna had
nothing to do with it and hed never met him. But I figured
that was just the sort of thing Mckenna would make his patients
I also presumed that having given up smoking so readily under hypnotherapy;
Matt was in the highly susceptible 20%. So I chased him in to the
car park clicking my fingers saying sleep sleep
just to see if I had the power, but once again television had misinformed
me. Matt didnt get hypnotised but he did get a little horrified
and I wont get a chance to hypnotise him again because of
the 100 yard court injunction.
The day had been a real eye opener. Plenty of people could benefit
from this treatment and with the money back guarantee you have nothing
to lose, so if you smoke or know someone that does get those yellow
tipped fingers down to a session for a bit of mumbo jumbo new age
hippy therapy that actually works.
Do you want to give up smoking?
Find out about the help that is available for individuals to quit
smoking by giving the Nottingham Actionline a call on 934 8484 or