The National Therapist Directory: hypnotherapists in Rochdale

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Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Rochdale

I wrote recently about low-cost hypnotherapy in Wigan, and I see that National Stop Smoking Centres also have low-cost hypnotherapy in Rochdale. I am fairly familiar with north Manchester, and those places on the way out to Rochdale, and I agree that there is a need for the provision of help to stop smoking for people in that area that is at a reasonable cost. Many smokers will pay for private therapy if the National Health Service has been unable to help them to stop, but having said that even if the therapist can see that stopping smoking will have a payback for the client, when you are on a very limited income and you are faced with paying a large chunk of your month’s money for a single session of hypnotherapy, and you’ve been badly let down before with stopping smoking so you don’t have a huge amount of confidence that anything is going to work, it’s not going to be easy to commit this sort of money. I think hypnotherapists have to recognise that lack of confidence is part of an equation that happens in the smoker’s mind when they are considering booking an appointment.

If you are considering seeing a hypnotherapist in Rochdale and you don’t have much confidence that you can stop, I would recommend that you watch the videos on the National Stop Smoking Centres website (www.nationalstopsmokingcentres.org.uk), because there is one in the series of six about this problem of motivation that will help you. If you do finally get together the confidence to have a go, then at least you know you are going to be paying a manageable amount for your hypnotherapy.

Interesting comment from the world of smoking

Requires willpower?

If you look at any advertisement for nicotine replacement products, what you may have noticed is the statement that the product ‘Requires willpower.’ I want to explain why the drug companies put this on their ads, because it tells us rather a lot about how the market in smoking cessation drugs is controlled.

Advertising in this country is theoretically controlled, for truthfulness, in the interest of the consumer, by an organisation you may know as the Advertising Standards Authority, or ASA. You see ASA advertising quite regularly, informing you what a great job they doing protecting the consumers’ interests.

Before I come back to nicotine replacement product (NRP) advertising, let’s examine the ASA itself. With the word ‘Authority’ you could be forgiven for believing ASA is a statutory authority, i.e. a government regulatory agency. ASA is nothing of the kind. The government wanted the advertising industry to regulate itself, so they allowed it to set up a body that sounded like a statutory authority to convince the public. In other words, it is deliberately misleading. You might think that ironic, given ASA Ltd’s stated remit of banning misleading advertising, but that doesn’t concern us here.

What concerns us is how this abuse of power enables pharmaceutical companies to advertise, whilst making it very difficult for anyone who helps people with medical treatment, but who is not a drug company to do so. A good example is ASA Ltd’s campaign against the homeopathy profession in the interests of its sponsors, the drug companies, for whom homeopathy is a competitive threat.

So back to ‘Requires willpower’. It is a nonsense statement imposed by ASA Ltd in the mistaken belief that it would hamper therapists who help people stop smoking. In fact all it has achieved is to make the drug companies look foolish. What is the point of a drug product that requires willpower, the very thing smokers don’t have?

The National Therapist Directory: hypnotherapists in Wigan

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Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Wigan

I have never been to Wigan. I have spent a great deal of time in Manchester and Liverpool over many years, but for some reason Wigan has never been on my itinerary, so I know nothing about the place. I note though that National Stop Smoking Centres have one of their low-cost hypnotherapy branches there. I imagine this is in response to a need in the town for therapy that people can afford if they are in straitened circumstances, which suggests that Wigan is a deprived area, as we use to say, although I expect there is a more politically correct term now. The facts, though, remain the same; if Wigan and its surrounding area is not prosperous (and where is nowadays?) then there is certainly a need to provide help at a cost that most people can afford. It is never going to be possible to compete, if I might use that word, with the National Health Service, which can provide products free of charge to help people in Wigan stop smoking, but hypnotherapists in Wigan are providing a service that the NHS can’t, and some of those Wigan hypnotherapists will want to help as much as they can. Private therapists have to earn a living just like anyone else (including NHS staff), but having said that the attitude does vary a lot, especially among hypnotherapists rather than acupuncturists. I’m afraid I have to say the reason for this is that acupuncturists don’t, as a profession, charge any extra for helping people to stop smoking, whereas hypnotherapists often do, it being a maxim of many in the world of hypnotherapy that you charge smokers more because they are going to make a big financial saving when they stop. It’s not an attitude I would condone but then I’m not a hypnotherapist.

This page also covers Lowton and Skelmersdale.

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Interesting news from the world of smoking

There’s a nice story in the Daily Mail this week about Mayor Bloomberg’s continuing campaign against smoking (among other things) in New York. Like a lot of media stories, it isn’t actually a story at all, because the press have got hold of a headline about something that isn’t in fact happening. What they are saying is that there is a new law afoot in the city that prohibits smoking in private homes. It’s a good headline, but there is no truth in it. There is a real story, but it wasn’t apparently strong enough for the papers so they made up their own one around it.

The real story is that the local authority in New York is going to encourage landlords of rented apartments to include a condition in their leases that prohibits smoking. If course this is already open to landlords to do, and I don’t know but I imagine some landlords not just in the the United States but in the UK and other countries as well routinely already do this. The difference in New York is that they have been given a grant by the Centres for Disease Control that enable them to offer an inducement to community groups to encourage (persuade?) landlords not only to include this condition for new tenants but to add it into their lease for existing tenants when the lease comes up for renewal. This raises the issue of a tenant suddenly finding that they can’t smoke in their apartment where they could before. The idea is that these tenants simply ‘move on’, although if there is a buyers’ market landlords might not be too keen on losing a good tenant for no better reason that that. I can see this producing plenty of work for New York lawyers!