The National Therapist Directory: hypnotherapists in Barnet


Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Barnet

The London Borough of Barnet is not an area I am at all familiar with, but looking at the Directory I see it covers places I have at least heard of, like Edgware and Finchley, plus some I haven’t, like Temple Fortune.

I see that National Stop Smoking Centres have branches in all of these places, for both hypnotherapy and acupuncture, and of course the National Health Service provide a smoking cessation service in the borough, with their nicotine replacement products and psychotropic drugs. There don’t seem to be any independent acupuncturists or hypnotherapists in Barnet listed yet, although with NSSC at least having hypnotherapists in Finchley and acupuncturists in Edgware that shouldn’t matter, but if you are yourself a therapist in Barnet who specialises in helping people to stop smoking do get yourself listed – there is a link on the Directory’s page for this.


New Year’s resolutions

It surprises me how may people go on about stopping smoking for the New Year. I’m not a New Year kind of person myself and I’ve never understood why anyone would think it represents a significant point in one’s life, but that’s probably just me being curmudgeonly.

Actually, I’m not really sure I’m alone in this. When I say everyone goes on about it, who is this everyone? I don’t actually believe many smokers decide to stop on the first of January. I think it’s one of those myths that just goes on and on without anyone stopping to ask questions about it. I think in fact the the media are the guilty party. Every New Year they write something about stopping smoking, usually a feature on the different ways to stop, more often than not backed by advertising from the drug companies pushing nicotine replacement products. In other words, New Year is a marketing opportunity for stop-smoking drugs. It’s a hook, and advertisers like hooks. It might not actually be a hook, by which I mean if smokers themselves are not thinking about stopping at this time then the hook is in the imagination of the drug companies (in which I include the National Health Service, which is the distribution arm of the pharmaceutical industry).

Enough about them – what about smokers? If that’s you, and you ARE thinking about stopping for New Year. I suggest you ask yourself how sensible this is. All right, perhaps I have to accept that you need a hook yourself, that it takes New Year for you to get motivated, but that’s my point here – WHY do you need that hook? Bearing in mind it’s a somewhat weak motivator, I have to ask, by which I mean I suggest you should ask yourself, if you aren’t motivated to stop smoking all the rest of the year how likely is it that this artificial prompt to stop smoking is going to help you very much?

What I am saying is if you haven’t been sufficiently motivated to stop smoking all year round, I think you are just putting it off. I think the New Year resolution might be an excuse. I suspect you are saying to yourself, “I don’t have to think about it now, I can enjoy my fags over Christmas with all my smoking friends, because I’m made a resolution to stop on 31st December.”

I think when you look at it like that you can see it’s nothing more than procrastination. And what happens if you don’t stop smoking that day, if it goes wrong? I suppose you’re going to decide to stop on your birthday, or National No Smoking Day in March, or any date as long as it’s not now.

The National Therapist Directory: Hypnotherapists in Barnet


Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Barnet

I’m not entirely sure where Barnet is. I don’t mean I can’t find it on a map, I mean if I had to drive there I don’t think I would know if I had arrived. Looking at our Barnet page, I see it includes places like Edgware, which I always thought was in Middlesex, and if I’m not mistaken you write Middlesex as part of the address, but officially it is apparently part of the London Borough of Barnet, so I remain confused.

And Finchley and Temple Fortune both seem to have London postcodes, so why are they in Barnet? I confess I don’t know, but after some research given that I am responsible for making sure smokers can find a hypnotherapist in Finchley or an acupuncturist in Edgware, I decided that as puzzled as I am so are other people probably, so places like Finchley and Temple Fortune are listed here, in Barnet in Hertfordshire, as well as in ‘London postcodes’. If you know any better, or you are a hypnotherapist in Edgware, say, and you want to show in the correct place, do please email and let me know how this all works.

Meanwhile, even if the logic is far from clear, I will continue to work on the basis of showing these locations on more than one page in the Directory, so wherever smokers look they will find what they need.

News from the world of smoking

The BBC have recently featured on their website a study of smoking in women that purports to show that most of the damage to your health happens after the age of 30. The headline was that women who stop smoking by the age of thirty ‘evade earlier death risks’.

I’m not sure if this is good news or not, especially given that very few young people stop smoking; in fact the median age for smokers who seek stop-smoking therapy, according to The National Smoking Cessation Institute, is the mid-forties. Indeed the article goes on to quote warnings that this information should not be seen by young women as a licence to continue smoking until they are 30. It also fails to mention that although this figure applies to women, that is only because the research has been done with women, because this is apparently the first large-scale, long-term study specifically of women’s smoking since women started smoking as much as men after the second world war.

What is also pointed out in the article, although perhaps not as strongly as it might have been, is that the issue for young smokers is not of course that they are going to die younger. A woman in her twenties is unlikely to be too concerned that she might die, say, at the age of seventy-five rather than eighty-five. For young women the bigger issues are the more immediate effects on their health and fitness, on their complexion and their general cosmetic appearance but, perhaps most importantly, on their ability to reproduce. This might helpfully be seen in conjunction with the fact that women are now leaving it so late, in some case too late, to start having children, and this fact, coupled with smoking, is seemingly an increasing reason why so many women are failing to get pregnant when they finally do want to.

It would therefore seem that young women are failing to consider the real cost of smoking when they decide that it is something they can do until they have to ‘grow up’ and get serious about life. Indeed, that could be a more serious mistake than many realise, and the damage may already be done in fact even before the age of thirty.