You may have decided to stop smoking to improve your health, to save money, or at the request of a loved one. Whatever your reasons, the decision to quit smoking is not easy. You may have smoked for years and are worried about how difficult it will be to stop. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense. Fortunately, they will subside and there are ways to decrease their impact.
When smokers try to quit without counseling or medication, only about 5 percent will succeed. However, those who receive counseling and medication, can significantly improve their changes of success.
Dr. Mazzei has developed a thorough and effective Stop Smoking Program to help those who wish to quit. As a health psychologist, she understands that there are physical and psychological factors involved when you stop smoking. She integrates effective psychological therapies to maximize your chances of success. Her program uses hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Typically, the program is completed in about 6 to 10 sessions. Periodic follow-up sessions may be needed for some individuals.
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be an effective therapy to help smokers quit. Hypnosis targets making changes subconsciously so that you can more easily resist smoking. Dr. Mazzei, a certified hypnotherapist, will guide you into a trance state and will instill useful hypnotic suggestions. Your mind will incorporate these suggestions into the psyche, allowing for change at the emotional, cognitive and behavioral level. Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to quit smoking.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a tested psychological technique used in stop smoking programs. CBT focuses on preparing you to quit smoking and helping you to remain tobacco free. Dr. Mazzei will work with you to get ready to stop, identify triggers and develop coping skills. She will develop a customized plan to meet your needs. This plan includes psychological, health, exercise, nutritional, and social support strategies.
If you decide to incorporate nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. nicotine patch) or other medications, this program works well to increase your chances of remaining smoke free. If you want to stop without the use of any chemicals, then this program can still work for you.
Dr. Mazzei’s Stop Smoking Program works for those who use any tobacco products. If you chew tobacco, then this program can help you too.
If you are ready to be free of tobacco, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Mazzei. Please call our office at (480) 448-6755.