Sarah came in on a Tuesday morning for her first session. Everything went well and she left her cigarettes behind.
When she came back for her second session the following Tuesday, the look on her face told me she had smoked.
As we began the session, Sarah told me everything went well until Thursday evening when she met a friend for drinks.
Her friend wanted a cigarette so they both went outside. Sarah bummed two cigarettes from her friend.
She said she felt so guilty for smoking after her first session.
I waited to hear more but, that seemed to be the end of the story so, I asked “Then what happened?”
“Nothing,” Sarah told me.
“What do you mean nothing?”
“Well, I didn’t smoke any more after that.”
“So, you’re telling me that you went from a pack and a half a day down to 2 cigarettes in a week and you’re upset by that? Look at the tremendous progress you made!”
The look on Sarah’s face went from disappointed and down to excited as she realized the great leap forward she had made.
Many people beat themselves up and feel as though they’ve failed if they have even one cigarette.
The truth is, this is a process and the only way to fail is to GIVE UP ALTOGETHER!
So, Sarah and I worked on her feelings of guilt using the tapping technique, reinforced her success with hypnosis and she went on to stop smoking altogether from that point.