I had someone call me about quitting smoking cigarettes. During the course of the conversation he mentioned that he had successfully quit smoking for several years but with the death of his daughter he started to smoke again.

I could just use hypnosis to help him stop smoking cigarettes but if there is another underlying cause for smoking the chances of him going back to smoking are high. In this person’s case the deep underlying cause was grief and guilt of the death of his daughter.


Smoking enabled to help him stop thinking about it and it also gave him a sense of security. His smoking habit would always be there, and it helped him to feel safe. As I have said unless this is addressed he will not quit smoking cigarettes.


I use hypnosis to help people to quit smoking and I use it to help people overcome unresolved stress and trauma of the past. With this particular person I would use a method called TRTP which utilises hypnosis to resolve past stress and trauma effectively and quickly.


The reason why I use hypnosis is that hypnosis allows you to move the conscious mind to one side and give suggestions to the subconscious. The conscious mind is not as powerful as the subconscious and it is the part of the mind that queries and questions things. The subconscious mind is like a five year old and accepts suggestions. Since all of this behaviour resides in the unconscious mind it makes sense to work with it.

Once the past stress and trauma is resolved it is then possible to address the habit of smoking cigarettes. The main cause of smoking has been removed so the chances of the person going back to smoking are almost nil.

About Steve Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner originates from Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe) then working around the globe before finally settling in Brisbane Australia. As a scientist, Steve always had an interest in human development, especially Mind Plastisicity and how we cope with stress, anxiety and addictive behaviours. Over the past 15 years Steve has assisted many clients to transform their lives by resolving the obstacles holding them back.

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