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Case Study: Fixing a Smoking Habit and an Unexpected Guilty Secret

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Posted: 24 July 2016
Gender: Female
Age: 40-45
Presenting problem: Smoking Habit and an Unexpected Guilty Secret
Treatment modality: BWRT®
Number of sessions: 1

The client wanted to stop smoking and displayed a strong motivational desire to quit, expressing her great fear of developing lung cancer - not just of her life being cut short but of the painful, drawn-out death it would mean. She was vibrant and ambitious with plans for a fulfilling life ahead, and was also self-conscious about the visibly detrimental effects of smoking on her skin and teeth. This person had tried to stop smoking several times previously and had come to the realisation that she needed help to quit for good. She was very sure that she did not want to use nicotine replacements, or reduce gradually, and wanted a quick, effective and straightforward route to becoming a non-smoker.

Based on developments in neuroscience and the work of Nobel-Prize winning scientist Benjamin Libet, Brain Working Recursive Therapy® works very successfully with unwanted behavioural habits by changing the neural pathways in the brain that lead us to robotically repeat those undesired habits. BWRT® was perfect to help this client to stop smoking*.

In discussion following the treatment, the client enquired as to whether BWRT® could help with something that had been bothering her for a long time. She said it was something she had done, many years ago, which she could not bring herself to talk about but could not shift the guilty feelings which continued to torment her.

The client had been especially intrigued by the explanation that, when working with specific memories of difficult experiences using this treatment modality, she would not have to reveal the private details (the idea of having to talk about difficult thoughts or experiences can often be the deciding factor that leads a person to continue to suffer with whatever ails them, rather than seek help).

Because of the speed with which this method is delivered we worked on this ‘guilty secret’ there and then. Afterwards, the client reported that she now believed she had been punished enough for what she did and was unable to connect with the guilty feelings which had plagued her for so long.

*At the time of writing, the client has been a non-smoker for 6 months.
Written by: Benefit Therapy
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