SMOKING CESSATION

Health Psychology Services in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York

How can you help me? I work with individuals who are seeking to stop smoking. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, and quitting smoking is one of the most important behavior change steps most smokers can take to improve their health. However, the majority of adult smokers are unable to successfully quit on their own, and need professional help.

What if I have tried to quit several times before and was not successfulMany people have to make several attempts to quit before they are able to stop smoking for good. Because it is often difficult to quit smoking, psychological treatment and other forms of support can be very helpful. According to research, less than 7% of people are able to quit smoking without some sort of assistance. Research has shown that even one meeting with a therapist can increase the likelihood of success, and lengthier time in treatment further improves odds of success.  

What is your treatment approach? I use cognitive behavioral therapy. I will work with you to help you discover your motivations for quitting. I will also teach you to identify your triggers for smoking, give you various coping skills to overcome cravings, help you prepare for your quit date, and teach you strategies to avoid relapse after quitting. I will encourage you to work with your physician to obtain other methods that may be helpful to you, such as medication, and nicotine patches and gum.