Learn about smoke addiction
The negative effects of smoking are clearly known, however breaking the habit of an addiction is not an easy thing to do. Regardless of whether you smoke heavily, or consider yourself a social smoker, it can be equally challenging to completely stop or even reduce the amount of cigarettes you consume. If you have tried a number of times to quit on your own but have found yourself back in the same position, don’t put off reaching out for help any longer.
The nicotine in tobacco gradually changes the structure of your brain, and this is what makes it such an addictive substance. It may initially produce positive feelings of relaxation and arousal. However, over time it is often needed to provide relief from the negative withdrawal symptoms that soon set in, including restlessness, irritability and reduced concentration.
Despite the very serious long-term health risks such as cancers, heart diseases, stroke and respiratory problems, smoking can also become problematic in many other aspects of life.
Some indications that your smoking might be having a significant negative impact on your life include:
You have a strong desire to reduce your smoking or quit, but are never successful in your efforts
You spend a great deal of time thinking about and craving smoking, or in activities that will allow you to obtain or use tobacco
It reduces your productivity or ability to complete obligations at work, home or school
Your smoking is beginning to take a toll on your relationships, and you are having increasing amount of arguments about it with people close to you
Regardless of whether you have these effects or not, if you are struggling to stop on your own and want to finally be able to take control without falling back into habits, one of our psychologist’s will be able to assist. Since this is one of the most common addictions, they have a great deal of experience in the strategies that can be used to successfully stop. Some of these include:
Identifying the triggers or thoughts that make you want to smoke, and work together with you to change these
Help you to alter your environment and behaviours to reduce the initial urge or temptation to smoke
Assist in finding alternative activities and support systems that can provide a distraction when a craving arises
Provide alternative ways to effectively manage withdrawal symptoms
Hypnosis to reduce your cravings
Smoke Addiction Psychologists
Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for smoke addiction counselling.
Madaline has experience in working with a diverse range of clients across the lifespan. She has a keen interest in working with people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and experiencing the effects of trauma. As well as supporting Children and Families. She has extensive experiencing in working with people with Autism and Intellectual Disability.
Louise has extensive experience with children and adolescents but is very comfortable working with all age groups. Clients with issues in the areas of self esteem, stress, anxiety and depression, substance use issues and body/weight related issues would be assisted by Louise’s experience in these fields.
Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.
Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.
Jeanette has 27 years of experience as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice, as an Employee Assistance Provider (both internal and external) and as a teacher of counselling in a private counselling college.
Jeanette has gained a lot of expertise working in many areas of psychopathology over the years and continues to enjoy ongoing professional development, offering a service of value.
Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.
Wendy will work with you to develop the skills necessary to effectively manage challenges and enhance your emotional wellbeing. Wendy has developed methods that assist clients to empower themselves and restore their quality of life. She has seen first hand how patients become empowered with improved emotional intelligence and psycho-education.
Sue has experience working with many people of different ages across the lifespan, children, adolescents, and adults – including ‘seniors’. The diverse range of challenges she has provided support and counselling for include people with work and relationship issues; helping parents find joy in their relationship with their children, including those with behavioural difficulties or medical and disability concerns.
Rosemary welcomes clients concerned with personal issues such as anger, stress, anxiety, and depression, self-esteem, phobias, adjustment, behavioural change, eating disorders, smoking cessation, grief and loss, and relationships. She also welcomes clients with workplace issues such as career development, motivation, performance, and interpersonal conflict.
Ari doesn’t just rely on “talk therapy” but also works with the subconscious and body. He utilises a variety of techniques including guided meditation, visualizations, somatic experiencing, brainspotting, and emotion-focused release to let go of trapped negative energy keeping you “blocked” in an unwanted state of consciousness as a result of past trauma.
Eva has over 20 years experience as a psychologist and she is committed to making counselling therapy a compassionate and collaborative process, so you feel supported throughout the process. Conducting sessions with genuine positive regard each client is valued for who they are.
Louise has gained a wealth of experience working with clients from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, seeing clients ranging from school age to the elderly population. Louise is passionate about working with anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionistic/obsessive, compulsive traits, sleep difficulties and interpersonal issues.
Barry has worked extensively in trauma-specific settings in both South Africa and Australia, having worked with individuals, families, emergency and defence force personnel, and victims of crime. Barry works primarily with adults and has experience across private practice, community-mental health and NGOs.
James’ approach to mental health is about mind-body integration and looking at the “whole person”. Mental health influences how we feel, think and move, how we communicate and relate to the world, and can seriously impact our physical health. James will hep make sense of how this all fits together, to explore unhelpful thoughts and behaviour, and identify different options.
Chris has experience working with a diverse range of clients. This includes working with people with anxiety and depression, PTSD and trauma related recovery, relationship issues, family dysfunction, grief and loss, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties and much more.
Teresa’s approach is compassionate, open-minded, and collaborative – she employs various strategies and techniques that will best suit you as an individual. Teresa has broad experience with a range of difficulties including anxiety, OCD, depression, LGBTQ concerns, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, NDIS, eating disorders, grief and loss, stress & anger management, violence or family trauma, personality disorders, career & couples counselling.