“I had smoked cigarettes for 20 years and although I knew I needed to stop smoking, a part of me did not want to as this had been part of my identity for two decades. I had managed to get down from 20 a day when in was in my twenties to 2 per day after I had had children; my only real motivator for this reduction! I had always insisted that I would never give up my morning cigarette as I enjoyed it so much and it gave me some much needed ‘me time’. However, I knew in my heart of hearts that I did not want to be a smoker. My children never saw me smoking and I felt constant guilt about smoking. I kept imagining getting ill through smoking and having to admit to my children that it was my fault that I was not going to be there for them. I was also watching my own mother battle COPD and knowing that I could not put my children through this.
Sue was recommended by my auntie who had stopped smoking after going to her once. To this day my auntie has never touched a cigarette. I agreed to have a session with Sue. Sue asked that I write down my reasons for smoking and reasons for wanting to stop before I attended the session. I found this difficult but also quite therapeutic to put everything in black and white. When I arrived for my session Sue immediately put me at ease. I thought that I would find it hard to relax as I am an anxious person but I was soon drifting off as Sue spoke for the following 30 minutes. I was awake yet definitely in a state of semi-consciousness as Sue asked me to think of my children and the reasons why I was wanting to stop smoking. At the end of the session I felt like I had been in a deep trance; a very surreal yet pleasant feeling. After that day I stopped smoking for 6 weeks. Unfortunately due to a stressful situation I relapsed and began again for 2 months when Sue asked me if I wanted to have another session. Although it took me a few weeks to agree, I did have that second session. I can proudly say that I have not touched a cigarette for 8 months. I want to say ‘thank you’ to Sue for giving me a second chance and allowing me the time to reflect on what I really wanted and needed to do. Just having the sessions gave me time for contemplation; time that I had not allowed myself to have before. I would recommend Sue to anyone”.
Carly – Liverpool