Reviews of the How to Stop Anyone Smoking course
Read some great feedback from our customers
"Jim had one 1.5 hour session with me and left my clinic as a non smoker."
I found the course fantastic, it really explained the psychology and physiology of smoking/smokers. After the course I studied all your scripts in depth and formulated a foundation script that I work from. My session lasts 1.5 hrs and I have had a 100% success rate after only 1 session. My confidence grew after the first few successes and this does make a difference in how you go into a session (I still listen to your audio "success with smokers" at least once every few weeks. The positive re-framing flows more easily now when people are doubting if the therapy will work.
Feel good story (this was my 2nd client and it still makes me feel good every time I tell it). Jim came to see me a couple of months after I did the course. He was 74 and had been smoking since he was 14; he was up to 2 packets (40 cigs) per day. He had a multitude of health concerns and finally decided that he had to stop smoking in an effort to alleviate at least some of these concerns.
Jim had one 1.5 hour session with me and left my clinic as a non smoker. I saw him a couple of weeks later for a short follow up, not because he had resumed smoking but because he was fidgeting as he didn't know what to do with his hands. I phoned him a few times as a follow up to see how his health was - he was enjoying regaining his health.
A year or so after his session, I received a postcard from Jim from Rome, with a big "Thank You!". He said that he diligently placed the money he would have spent on cigarettes each week into an bank account (cigarettes in Australia cost around $20 for a pack of 20). In this time he had saved around $20,000 (a staggering revelation). It was the first time that he and his wife had afforded to travel and they had always wanted to go to Italy. He has been to see me for some healing sessions since his return - looking healthy and with the grin of a Cheshire cat! He is a great example that it is never too late to give up cigarettes and take up living again.
This story came from Anni Casey who is a Natural Therapist from Sydney, Australia.
"Having tested it out on several new clients, I can hand on heart say that it creates an excellent environment for building rapport and trust, it allows clients to explore the relationship with cigarettes from a very different angle..."
At the end of last year signed up for Uncommon Knowledge's How To Stop Anyone Smoking online course. I have been a hypnotist for many years now and a practising therapist for about 10 and I found the approach in this course enlightening as it steps away from the norm, which is exactly why I really liked it. Having tested it out on several new clients, I can hand on heart say that it creates an excellent environment for building rapport and trust, it allows clients to explore the relationship with cigarettes from a very different angle and really digs into the fabric of the habit and lifts the wool that has been covering clients eyes. I can highly recommend it for any new or existing hypnotherapists as an awesome tool to add to your kit.
This story came from Dr. Simon Maryan MM, PhD who is a Psychologist, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist, Author & Speaker from Aberdeen, Scotland.
"I really enjoyed the training and felt that I learned a lot from the blend of written, audio and visual materials."
I really enjoyed the training and felt that I learned a lot from the blend of written, audio and visual materials. It was particularly helpful in giving me an overview of what smoking is all about from the point of view of the smoker - we all "know" it's bad for us yet smokers persist in defying logic and continuing to smoke. Unlocking the reasons why people smoke and learning a range of approaches to help the smoker work against the smoking were key elements for me. All done with the usual clarity, precision and humour which Mark and Roger bring to every course.
I have worked with 3 clients since doing the course and all 3 are still non-smokers - the proof of the pudding I think!
This story came from Celia Almeida who is from Bristol, UK.
"This is a much better approach and has some really wonderful information about the nature of addiction/habituation and how people are so different in their responses."
The course is wonderful. I'm just starting the second section. I am so thrilled that someone finally agrees that you can't push smokers or expect them to respond after one session. I've been searching on my own to try to find some method that addresses the addiction/habituation without being so do-or-die, "you're either ready or your not" judgmental, making the client wrong, insensitive, impractical and dismissive.
So many therapists say that their smoking clients quit after one session. I've found that to be the exception so I ended up cringing in fear and confusion when I got a smoking client. I was so relieved to hear Mark say the same thing.
This is a much better approach and has some really wonderful information about the nature of addiction/habituation and how people are so different in their responses. I've always rejected the idea that you only take clients who are "ready."
I always knew that some kind of segmented approach was needed but I couldn't get a firm handle on how to structure it. This seems really great and I'm already using it with a smoking client. It also seems as if it work for any other addictive/habituative behavior.
This way it seems that the pressure is taken off both client and therapist for perfect, immediate results. It also seems that both the cognitive brain function AND subconscious brain function are used to support each other, which has always been my preference. I find that people do better when they know what to expect and why and, more importantly, how to handle it in the recovery process.
Kudos to Mark and Roger. Please forward this to them. If I had the money, I would gladly pay twice as much for their courses and consider myself lucky. I'm very grateful.
This story came from Susan French who is a Clinical Hypnotherapist from Encino, California.
"I really enjoyed doing this course and looked forward to each session I spent working on it"
"I really enjoyed doing this course and looked forward to each session I spent working on it. I found all the setting up instructions easy to follow and even fail proof...which for me is a big deal because it has been easy for me to get muddled up with following computer instructions in most other instances (I'm in my 50's and only have basic computer skills at this stage).
I really liked the check list at the beginning of each section... I got a buzz each time I ticked another step off and looked forward to the next step. In NLP we call this 'chunking down' and for me it had the effect of feeling steady progress. My ability to learn and retain the information was hugely aided by the multi-sensory system presentations - video presentations, audio and written and even kinesthetic with using the computer and ticking off the steps. I even liked the on-line tests for each section...they were relevant questions, achievable and the results are instantly available (very cool)!
The approach of gradually separating the person (client) from the smoking as part of their identity totally makes sense to me and focussing on care and respect for the power of peoples beliefs is also congruent with my understanding of people.
All in all I will continue my professional development with Uncommon Knowledge because it is a fantastic learning resource for me and encompasses the NLP presuppositions, Human Givens and Erickson style hypnotherapy."
This story came from Melody Taylor who is from Taranaki, New Zealand.
"I will be a much better therapist because of them..."
I have thoroughly enjoyed doing all the courses and this one was just as brilliant as all the others.
I love all the formats in the way you teach as it kept me interested and motivated. I really liked the idea of learning how to be there for the client and how not to take resistance or relapses personally.
Understanding the importance of reframing and metaphors have been real 'aha' moments for me too. As always (through all the courses) I am beginning to truly see and understand the vital importance of having our basic needs being met also.
It is empowering for me to have and to know how to use these skills as I know from now on that I will be a much better therapist because of them. Thank-you both so much :-)
This story came from Rose Morgan from Christchurch, New Zealand.
"it really was a difference of night and day from the old approach I was using..."
I'd just like to say how helpful I found the course when I had my client last Thursday - it really was a difference of night and day from the old approach I was using to help clients to stop smoking.
I felt that I knew how to go about all aspects of the session - my client really seemed to benefit from it and I found the whole experience enjoyable.
Prior to doing your course, I actually dreaded getting a 'stop smoking' call, as I felt ill-prepared and always found myself in a battle of wits with the client (which the client always won!)
This story came from Catherine Lee who is from Hamilton, Scotland.