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CARDIFF BRANCH

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As can be seen above, we have acupuncture and hypnotherapy in Cardiff. For other NSSC areas in south Wales click on 'Branchfinder'. This branch serves our Penarth hypnosis clients.

Directions to our Cardiff hypnotherapy branch:

From the major junction where Western Avenue becomes Eastern Avenue, head towards the City Centre on North Road. The branch is on the left, within NewLink Wales.

Some comments from clients at our Cardiff hypnosis branch:

"Excellent, very professional but also very friendly. Knowledgeable and very good at staying focused. Have already recommended you to others." JH, Radyr

"Simply great!" LN, Penarth

Our Cardiff hypnotherapist – a short profile:

Therapist: Jessica Dowd
Practising for: 5 years
National Smoking Cessation Institute: Full member, 3 years
Other information: Jessica is also able to provide therapy at home (for which costs will be added) in the general Cardiff area for clients who have travel difficulties.

Would you like to speak with our Cardiff hypnotist before you go ahead?

You have arrived on this page because you are considering stopping smoking at our Cardiff hypnotherapy branch. You will want to learn more about how hypnosis works, and to do that you should certainly read the information about it we provide on the other pages you will see linked from this one. Having done that, the next stage will be to talk with a counsellor at our national advice service on 0121 318 9318. If we feel, then that we can help you, we will have our Cardiff hypnotist call you for a chat about you, and they way they work.

Experience shows that the relationship between client and therapist needs to be a comfortable one, and for this reason our Cardiff hypnotherapist, Jessica, will be happy to have this conversation before either of you commits. Having done that, by the time you arrive for your appointment you will both know it is likely to go well.

One piece of advice we want to offer here is that when you are with our hypnotherapist in Cardiff you don't miss the opportunity to ask them anything you might still be unsure about. It is important, for example, that you have a good appreciation of how the therapy is going to work, and Jessica will be happy to go through that again if necessary.

Our Cardiff hypnotherapy branch is an integral part of National Stop Smoking Centres, and we work as a team with all of our therapists, which is perhaps one of the reasons you are coming to us for help, as opposed to seeing an independent Cardiff hypnotist. We want to emphasise here that we are NOT a referral service, and that we provide a service through our national network of members because we know that teamwork produces better results. If you are looking to stop smoking in South Glamorgan with hypnosis, we trust you will appreciate this difference.

If you are going to have acupuncture, of course all the above will also apply, and we can have our Cardiff acupuncturist call you to get started on this.

Cardiff stop-smoking therapists and the National Health Service.

When you're looking for help with quitting smoking, you naturally think of the NHS first. This is completely understandable, not just because you go to your GP for other health problems, but because they advertise their Cardiff smoking cessation service so heavily. The issue is not, though, whether you go private or to the NHS but what each sector can offer you. The NHS doesn't provide therapy for smokers, so if you want to stop smoking with the assistance of acupuncture or hypnosis in Cardiff there is no choice but to go private for it, and that is why we are here.

How our Cardiff acupuncturist will help you to stop smoking.

You might not be familiar with how acupuncture works specifically in smoking cessation, so here is a quick explanation. Because you are addicted to nicotine, you need to smoke to satisfy the craving, and because of that you come to believe you NEED to smoke and can't stop. Acupuncture relieves the withdrawal symptoms you get when you don't smoke, and this works because if you don't have a craving it is easy simply to not smoke. When you attend our Cardiff acupuncture branch you will have multiple treatments, depending on the way we work there. Our acupuncturist in Cardiff, for example, will give you three treatments, and you may need all of these to stop smoking completely or you may only need the last one for reassurance.

Cardiff branch news, 6/12/2016.

The charge for hypnosis in Cardiff has been slightly reduced, to £160. Every year, we review the fees we charge at our branches, to ensure sufficient income to support our service to the public, that will also support our commitment to providing that service at a cost that as many people as possible can afford to help them to stop smoking. Another factor we take into consideration is the regular increase in the cost of tobacco because of tax rises. We provide our service on a not-for-profit basis, and we do ask for a commitment from our clients that is related to what they will save by stopping smoking. Because the cost of smoking goes up every year, putting this into the calculation helps us to provide our treatments at a cost that smokers can still afford.

Branch news, 29/12/2016.

The cost of our Cardiff acupuncture service has been maintained for 2017 at £185.

A comparison of fees for therapy for stopping smoking in Cardiff.

Most people shopping around will make one of their comparisons based on price, and for his reason we do hope to be competitive. Some clients are happy to pay a little extra to come to us, but even so we want to provide our special service at a cost that as many smokers as possible feel comfortable with. We therefore regularly check what fees are being charged by independent hypnotists in each area, and if possible we adjust our fee so that even if we cannot always be cheaper (although surprisingly we often are) we will come somewhere mid-range. Assessing the fees quoted by Cardiff hypnotherapists and acupuncturists, this does seem to be the case.

Is hypnosis the same as hypnotherapy?

Our Cardiff hypnotherapist is called that because she provides therapy, whereas someone calling herself a hypnotist might not do therapy. Google doesn't seem to differentiate, because if you searched for Cardiff hypnotists it will have assumed you also want to see hypnotherapists, which of course you did, even if you didn't necessarily know if there is a difference. Anyone working in our field is going to refer to themselves as a stop-smoking hypnotherapist in Cardiff, or something similar to that, although it is true to say that the great majority of Cardiff hypnotists offer smoking cessation hypnosis, even if they don't necessarily specialise in it, which of course all NSSC branch therapists do.

A case history from our Cardiff hypnotherapy branch.

It's not unusual for smokers who have stopped and then started again to see this as failure. When Maggie, from Bedwas, called us she said she had failed to stop smoking some years before after a session of hypnotherapy in Porth, but when we questioned her more closely it turned out she hadn't failed, she had succeeded. Following the hypnotherapy she didn't smoke for about fourteen months.
We are reluctant normally to suggest hypnotherapy for a client if they have tried it unsuccessfully, but Maggie was wrong in her appreciation of what had happened to her. Hypnotherapy helps the majority of people to stop smoking, but what helps people to stay stopped is different. The therapy itself can often help with the long-term issues, but in fact stopping and staying stopped are separate tasks, and therefore need different tactics.
Maggie saw our Cardiff hypnotherapist and stopped very well, and with the help of our AfterCare team she overcame a couple of little problems that cropped up that would otherwise have caught her out.

Here is an extract from our book, The NSCI Stop-Smoking Handbook. Before seeing our Cardiff hypnotist or acupuncturist, you might like to read the free sample pages on our website.

How smoking makes you believe it relaxes you.

Here's a typical scene from a three-part British television crime drama:

In the first episode, the police keep finding bodies and getting frustrated that they can't solve the crimes. In the second episode they arrest a man and go to the pub because it's all over, even though you know it's not because this is only part two so there must be more. Then, in the third episode, they find a particularly gruesome murder. Cut to the back of the police station. The Inspector is on the fire escape, smoking. The Sergeant comes out to have one himself.

'Oh, hello Guv'nor. Smoking eh? I thought you'd packed it up.'

'Yes Bill, but after that last body, well, .....'

Yes, the Sergeant knows what he means. It's enough to make anyone start smoking again. He and the Inspector commiserate with each other and enjoy a nice relaxing smoke. The poor dears. They've been through a lot.

Alright, so what exactly is going on here? What is the scriptwriter telling us? That they are especially stressed. Stressed enough to start smoking again. Smoking is writers' shorthand for stress. It's not until you see a policeman, or a single mother whose child is missing, or even a doctor who has just lost a patient, that you appreciate the terrible stress they are under. And when you see them smoking, you know immediately.

It is not only lazy writing, it's nonsense. Yes, people smoke when they are stressed, and yes, ex-smokers go back to smoking when they are stressed, but why do they do that? Do they do it because it relaxes them, or because they THINK it's going to relax them? Do they do it because they saw someone on television doing it? Actually, that's not as crass as it sounds because it's true, TV has enormous influence, and it has the power, in one such scene, to influence millions of people, to confirm what they always suspected, that when you are stressed it's a good idea to smoke. It doesn't matter that it's not true. An idea doesn't have to be true for people to believe it. Ask any politician.

Oh no, I hear you say, smoking definitely helps me when I'm stressed. Well, look, I know you feel better when you smoke, I admit it, but now I am going to tell you why it's a trick.

Turn back to the chart in the previous tutorial, the one with the up and down lines that show displeasure from not smoking and pleasure when you smoke, the one that shows that the pleasure isn't actually pleasure, it's the relief of displeasure. This same chart applies equally to stress.

Stressors are events that your body reacts to in a certain way. If you ever get a stress headache you know what I'm talking about. One kind of stressor is the one I was talking about a lot earlier. If you burn your hand you react by removing it from the source of heat. The heat is a stressor.
(more to come)

Is NSSC better than independent Cardiff hypnotists?

We are of course better than many, but we can't say we're the best, partly because there is no way of comparing us with other Cardiff hypnotists and partly because what does better or best mean anyway? We set high standards for therapy, standards that are constantly monitored at every branch, so you can be sure our Cardiff hypnotist is not only as good as any you will find but she is regularly assessed for the quality of the service she provides as part of the NSSC team.
It isn't possible to compare services for smoking cessation in Cardiff provided by the NHS with therapy, because therapy, by definition, will always work better than pharmaceutical products. Every Cardiff hypnotist has this advantage.


If you have come to this site thinking we are the National Health Service, or that you might be able to get stop-smoking therapy in Cardiff from the NHS, neither is true. However, while you are here let us point you in the direction of sources of help; here are some further resources for stopping smoking in Cardiff:

For information about other Cardiff stop-smoking resources visit Stop Smoking UK.

To find other acupuncturists for smoking cessation in Cardiff, visit the British Acupuncture Council's website. Please be aware that most acupuncturists do not in fact provide a smoking cessation service, and you might well find that ours is the only one who does in this area.

If you want to try stopping smoking with pharmaceutical products, rather than therapy, you can buy NRPs at any chemist or supermarket, but for more serious products, like Champix, you will need a prescription. See your GP, or contact the following:

Stop Smoking Wales 0800 085 2219

Quit for Wales

DRINK PROBLEM?

We find many smokers are heavy drinkers. We are now part of The Doctor Richard Mackarness Foundation. whose primary service is Addiction Management Centres for alcohol. This is a new service being developed throughout the UK during 2017 - 2018. For some preliminary information, and location of the Centre closest to Cardiff: click here.
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