Quitting smoking will be one of the hardest, and most rewarding, things you will ever do. Trying to quit and not succeeding makes us feel like a failure, and the fear that we can’t quit is often what holds us back. Instead of methods that promote fear of the consequences of smoking, our therapists use hypnosis to tap into a person’s own desire and motivation to quit while helping to remove any blocks to achieving this goal.
With their clinical research in addiction, extensive education, and advanced hypnosis training, Dr. Noah Kass, DSW, LCSW and Dr. Sacha Zilkha, Ph.D understand both the habit aspects and the psychological reasons that you smoke. This deep understanding, combined with hypnosis to propel you forward, is the key to change. Prior to joining New York Health Hypnosis, Dr. Kass served as the Clinical Director of both The Dunes East Hampton, a private inpatient treatment center on Long Island, and the Realization Center, New York City’s largest addiction outpatient treatment center. Dr. Zilkha’s background includes extensive training and education in addiction at some of the country’s most renowned academic institutions. This training led to her prestigious position at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she trained NYC mental health providers in evidence-based practices to improve systems of care across the city.
The truth is that while people go to smoking for relief, they are actually feeling frustration every time they smoke because it is something they don’t really want to do. The goal is always to enter this office expecting that you will no longer smoke after this session, and walk out feeling happy about your decision and confident that you will succeed in no longer smoking. Dr. Kass and Dr. Zilkha use their vast psychological knowledge to address resistances to quitting, such as fears of failure, not having an outlet for stress, or gaining weight, and identify if there are other contributing factors such as anxiety, depression, or difficulties in your relationship. In the end, it is about feeling better and ending the frustration - not just quitting smoking.
Ample research supports hypnosis as an effective tool for smoking cessation. Evidenced-based research has demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnosis for smoking cessation over other methods such as that it is more than 2x greater than self-care methods, more than 2x greater than nicotine gum and 3x greater than physician interventions where the physician offered more than counseling (Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992).
To read specifically about other habits and addictions, please click here.
Please read below for scholarly articles regarding the use of hypnosis for smoking cessation:
A meta-analytic comparison of the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods (Viswesvaran & Schmidt, 1992)
Guided Health Imagery for Smoking Cessation and Long-Term Abstinence (Wynd, 2005)
Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation (Barber, 1999)
Clinical Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention (Elkins & Rajab, 2005)