Understanding your smoking

Understanding a problem is often the first step towards solving it. Smoking is “a complex behaviour” as any psychologist will tell you. Smokers smoke for different reasons. So a one size fits all solution simply won’t work.

Broadly speaking smokers come into two categories. These are habit and compulsive smokers.


With the habit smoker the clue is in the name. Do anything for long enough and it becomes a habit. Habits are often hard to break particularly if the person trying to break them goes about this using willpower.

However bringing into play the power of the unconscious mind, the 90% of the mind that we are not usually aware of completely changes the picture. That’s what I do in working with smokers.


Once I know that the person I’m working with is a habit smoker ( I'll gain this knowledge from an initial diagnostic session) it’s possible to complete treatment in one further  session. A total of 2 hours treatment to get rid of a habit you may have had for thirty , forty or even fifty years.

 After treatment you won’t experience feelings of stress or irritability or gain excess weight. All this is dealt with during treatment. You’ll see comments about this elsewhere on the site from smokers I’ve helped to quit.


 As explained above treatment takes place over two sessions. The first session is used to check the type of problem, to find out if it’s habit or compulsive smoking. This is very important because only by receiving treatment for the right problem can you have the best possible chance of remaining a permanent non smoker.  


 Compulsive smokers


Almost all smoking starts off as a habit. For some people this changes over time to stress related or compulsive smoking. We all experience stressful situations and cope with them in different ways. Some people smoke as a means of easing stress whilst others over eat, drink too much alcohol or indulge in gambling or become argumentative.

Some people find positive ways to reduce stress such as self-hypnosis, yoga or meditation.


For the compulsive smoker the problem is stress, smoking is the symptom. To attempt to deal with compulsive smoking without addressing the underlying cause would be foolish

The most likely outcome would be that the individual would simply continue to smoke. Or stop for a short period and then restart.

 In my 30 plus years of helping smokers quit I’ve certainly met people who after having “one size fits all” treatment elsewhere find themselves in this situation.


I’ve also met a much smaller number of people for whom symptom substitution occurred. In other words they ceased smoking briefly and developed a further problem. One example of this is a lady who became unable to eat in restaurants without vomiting. Fortunately I was able to resolve her problem.

If you are a compulsive or anxiety smoker you will need help to reduce your stress levels and your smoking gradually. In this way you gain the best chance of remaining a non-smoker without anxiety, short temper, or excessive weight gain.

 In my practice this takes place over five sessions. You will be offered whichever treatment is right for you. Either way you can looking forward to better health, more money to enjoy life with and possibly more years of life.


Whether you need two or five sessions your fee for one to one individual attention is the same £250, an amount you’ll soon regain as a result of not smoking after which you'll be in profit year after year for the rest of your life.

Why do we offer five sessions for the same fee as two?

Our aim at Edwards Health Clinic is that you become a permanent non-smoker not maximising our profit.