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Customer interview – Dipl. Psych. Martin Rosenauer

Smoking is unhealthy and expensive – we probably all know that. Nevertheless, it is not easy to stop when this habit has been with us for many years. „Non-smoking at last“, „non-smoking overnight“ – there are many promises like these – but what really works? With our interview guest Martin Rosenauer we have taken a closer look at the topic of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to help you quit smoking. And we have to say, it all sounds quite interesting and promising. And the best thing is: although Martin Rosenauer’s practice is in Munich, we can still attend his course „Smoking cessation through hypnosis“ here in Hamburg. And you can do it too – no matter where you live, from the comfort of your own home, as this is a practical online course. But before you start, we would like to recommend this exciting interview.


Dear Mr. Rosenauer, we are very pleased to have this interview with you today. Would you like to start by giving us a little insight into what your job as a therapist and coach involves?

Thank you very much for your invitation to the interview.

As a therapist and coach, I mostly work with people who at a certain point in their lives realize that they cannot get ahead without professional support. This is called depression, burnout or an anxiety disorder and often very oppressive feelings play an important role. Often such feelings, which plague my patients, originate from unresolved childhood experiences, i.e. from a time when we are still largely dependent on other people, their protection and love, and are also still largely unable to understand and reflect on our emotional world. With the method of hypnoanalysis such repressed childhood memories, which are hidden in the subconscious and cause problems, can be brought back into consciousness and thus be processed.

But also to strengthen the self-esteem I can often offer quick help, among other things with hypnosis, the integration of hypnosis and body psychotherapy or even learning self-hypnosis techniques. Self-esteem often also plays a role in smoking cessation, because about 10-20% of smokers are compensatory smokers, i.e. they smoke to suppress „burdensome feelings“.


Thank you very much for the good insight into your work. What possibilities do hypnotic techniques offer? And are there certain conditions for the success of the therapy?

In my experience, hypnosis and hypnotherapeutic strategies are some of the most effective therapeutic techniques to get a client out of his mind and into his feelings. This is not only important in trauma treatment and in letting go of stressful feelings in general, but can also be of great benefit in smoking cessation.


That sounds interesting. To what extent do hypnosis strategies help the so-called „head people“ to solve their blockades?

First of all, the so-called „head people“ have to understand that psychotherapeutic processes are processes and that hypnosis techniques are not „blanket solutions for everyone“ in change work. Letting go often needs to be learned first. And learning in turn is connected to the inner attitude of the client to get involved in a change process. But of course there is – especially for people with brains – also a bag of tricks from hypnotherapy and body psychotherapy, how these can also be brought into feeling faster than they often think they can. However, there is no method of choice here and often the fit between patient and therapist is more important than the procedure itself.


We can imagine this very well. Recently you have also started to offer therapeutic smoking cessation with the help of clinical hypnosis. How does a treatment with hypnosis against smoking work exactly?

Therapeutic smoking cessation is mainly about the feelings someone smokes because of. If you often feel lonely in the evening before going to bed and therefore smoke, you may want to use hypnosis to work through the same childhood moments that may catch up with you before you actually quit smoking. Only when these old processes are completed the normal smoking cessation can follow.


That is exciting. A large proportion of smokers have decided inwardly to become non-smokers, or at least to smoke less, but do not manage it on their own. How do you support these people?

Yeah, well, that’s the great thing about being in a trance:

In a trance initiated by hypnotic strategies, for example, something that actually only takes place in the imagination usually feels quite real, similar to a dream or daydream. Through the use of hypnosis, habitual smokers can thus – far away from everyday life – playfully explore under the guidance of the hypnotist how it feels to have a different experience during the break at work or while waiting for the bus than the habits programmed into the subconscious mind. By playing with the imagination, it is possible to try out new things and to rehearse them until they feel really good and above all better than smoking. By the way, this is exactly what I did in my online course „Quitting smoking with hypnosis in 10 steps“. All hypnoses included in this course have proven to be very effective in quitting smoking with habitual smokers.


That is good to hear and certainly encourages one or the other reader to try it out for themselves. How do you treat the negative feelings and unresolved fears behind nicotine addiction?

I usually treat them with the revealing form of hypnosis, hypnoanalysis. In this procedure, the client enters unprocessed feelings from the past, which catch up with him again and again, in order to relive them and thus to finally process the experience process, which lies unprocessed in the subconscious. Whether smoking is a (physical) addiction is very controversial, by the way. I plead a clear „no“ to habitual smoking, because habitual smokers usually sleep at night and do not get up to replenish their nicotine stores.


You have been collecting ratings with AUSGEZEICHNET.ORG for almost 2 years now. What do you like best about the AUSGEZEICHNET.ORG rating portal?

I really appreciate the ease of use, the possibility to summarize reviews from the Internet and the friendly and fast service at AZGEZEICHNET.ORG.


We hear that very gladly. As is well known, feedback is not a one-way street – have you already been able to optimize your work through customer feedback or recognize where there is still potential for improvement?

As a therapist, I am of course constantly changing and improving the way I work. In addition to further training and learning new methods, honest feedback from clients – especially when an intervention brought recognizable benefits or had a disconcerting effect – is of course the most important thing to become better.


Would you recommend AUSGEZEICHNET.ORG to others?

Absolutely, I have already done so several times.


We are very happy about that! An enlightening question at the end: In your opinion, how can one recognize reputable providers of hypnotherapeutic smoking cessation?

I think there are three important points:

  1. A serious training of the hypnotist and not just a weekend course or something like that.
  2. Good reviews from the internet can be helpful in the decision making
  3. No lurid promises of success should be made, neither by telephone nor on the website. Because in change work, the client’s self-motivation and the interaction between coach/therapist and client/patient are of particular importance. And whether the hypnotist is likeable can easily be seen during the first telephone call, because usually the first impression is correct.


Thank you very much for this exciting interview and all the best for you!