If you have ever wanted to change something about your life (quit smoking or eat healthier) there are thousands of techniques out there, but one that is gaining some real traction.
NBCRightNow.com - If you have ever wanted to change something about your life (quit smoking or eat healthier) there are thousands of techniques out there, but one that is gaining some real traction.
It has been around for centuries, the ancient and almost seemingly mythical idea of hypnosis. Not the stuff you see on stage, making people quack like a duck, but a real therapeutic tool that's being studied and practiced locally.
"I've quit many times but I've always had that little trigger of...I would really like one because it would calm me back down," said an anonymous woman trying to quit. She has been smoking for over 20 years. She is a bit embarrassed by it, but willing to try whatever will help her jump the addiction hurdle.
"I've had family members with cancer before so it's not something...I know it's bad for me I know I need to. It's just getting it done," and hypnotherapy might just be the thing to finally get it done.
"Quitting smoking is not just a physical addiction. There's psychological under currents that lead someone to quit smoking and continues the habit," explained Christopher McBride a clinical therapist.
Chris McBride is a therapist who uses hypnosis as a tool. We introduced him to our anonymous friend. Once the lights were dimmed and the soothing music on, she went "under" and he went to work. The therapist tries to find the root of your problems. He makes you feel the disgust of whatever you are trying to quit and helps you find a replacement. He does not put you to sleep. You are "under" but can hear everything.
"We go through an induction and then some deepening and then we get to a working phase which is a third phase. In that working phase we actually do more of a traditional psychotherapy."
He asks similar questions he might ask when his patients are not under, but in this state you are more open to new ideas.
We caught up with our smoker a few days after the session. When we asked if she had smoked since her visit she said yes, but not as much. She says she went from smoking every day to smoking just only one cigarette in three days.
"I don't know if I completely believe in it. Time will tell obviously. If it works, great! If it doesn't then we'll try the next thing."
She says she will be going back for another session. McBride explains that hypnotherapy is not always a "one-time fix all" kind of visit. In some cases it helps people quit cold turkey. In others they do not feel anything at all. The takeaway? If you are open to it, it is worth a try.