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Preston hypnotherapy

Our Preston Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture Services

To book for any therapy, or just to ask for our advice, click this button 



Fee: £165

One session is enough for most clients, but a free follow-up is provided within three months in the event that you have a problem. Our Preston hypnotherapist has bookings from Monday to Saturday, and you can also be seen in the evening.


Fee £160

Some patients need two treatments, and some need three, but the fee covers three in any case.



We hope to bring AM to Lancashire by the end of 2017.


Our hypnotist in Preston is Margaret Houghton. Margaret also sees clients at our Southport hypnotherapy branch.

“I felt very relaxed and in safe hands with Margaret. She had a lovely manner and was very professional.” EH, Fulwood
“Margaret was very pleasant. She put me at my ease very quickly.” AS, Preston
“I thought she was fantastic.” YC, Preston


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When you have seen our Preston hypnotherapist or acupuncturist we will enrol you in our NSSC AfterCare programme. The support that comes with each therapy is different, although in each case it provides access to our unlimited help by telephone counselling.

Preston Hypnotherapy AfterCare

This gives three years of support. We strongly advise you to call the helpdesk the day after your session. We will talk through how the session went, and how you are doing on day two. Thenwe can plan your future as a non-smoker. And there’s a free follow-up session with our Preston hypnotist if you need it.

Preston Acupuncture AfterCare

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Directions to our Preston Hypnotherapy branch

Address: 141A Liverpool Road, Longton, Preston, PR4 5AB

Directions to our Preston Acupuncture branch

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NSSC Preston hypnosis branch



To book for any therapy, or just to ask for our advice, click this button 


Here is a small taster from the book. If you’re coming to our acupuncturist or hypnotherapist in Preston, it’s an idea to read the free sample pages first.

….. People’s psychological reaction to stopping smoking ranges from incredulousness that they’ve finally done it to trying to convince themselves that they will never keep it up. Almost everything you think when you do stop smoking is conditioned by the twin fears of failure and success, and that means you can still be afraid of failing, even though you have just succeeded, and you can still be afraid of succeeding, even though you have, as I said, just done it and the world didn’t come to an end.

In other words, all the issues that affected you before you stopped smoking, the ones that made you afraid to try, and that made you give in when the going got tough, are still there after you succeed. The issues that make it hard to stop smoking are the same ones that make it hard to stay stopped, with one exception – you are no longer addicted to nicotine.

Not being addicted is great, but it often isn’t enough. This is because addiction creates psychological depend-ence, remember. Once it has done that, paradoxically the dependence no longer needs the addiction. Tobacco can have almost as firm a grip on you after the addiction is over as before. Don’t think it’s going to let go of you just because you aren’t addicted, oh no. It’s like an alien in your brain controlling you, even after it’s dead. (Listen, you let it in, remember.) Tobacco’s job, once you have beaten it, is to win you back.


From our Preston hypnotherapy branch

Magnus had been to his GP for help with stopping smoking. The doctor had tried him on one NRP after another, in the vain hope that if one didn’t help another would. This is a strange idea, but we suppose if you’ve only got drug products, drug products are what you have to prescribe. He even gave him Champix, which is a drug of last resort, but that didn’t help either.

Then Magnus himself came up with the idea of hypnotherapy. A friend of his had succeeded with it, again after failed attempts with the NHS, so Magnus understandably wanted to do it. He went back to his GP and asked for a referral to a Preston hypnotherapist. The doctor told him he couldn’t refer him, so Magnus just asked for his advice on finding a qualified hypnotist. Again, the GP shrugged his shoulders. He said he couldn’t recommend hypnotherapy, because unlike NRPs it wasn’t proven to work. Magnus thought about this. ‘Unlike NRPs’? All the NRPs he had tried had failed to work, so what did the doctor mean? Most people won’t ask this question but Magnus did. He’s that kind of man. The doctor, though, had an answer. He said something like, NRPs have a proven success rate but of course they don’t work for everyone. The implication was that they work so the failure was Magnus’s. This was the point at which he decided to ignore everything his GP told him.

He searched online for a Preston hypnotist, and found there were plenty to choose from. The problem was, how could he know who was qualified and who wasn’t? Well, the fact is that most hypnotherapists are qualified to one degree or another, but while this is true it’s not really helpful. So he tried a different search, this time, thinking there might be a difference, for a Preston hypnotherapist. The results were almost exactly the same.

He noticed, though, that one result on Google stood out. National Stop Smoking Centres. He hadn’t heard about us, but he reasoned that since we only do stopping smoking that’s a good start. Then, like the sensible man he is, he read our website carefully, to satisfy himself that we really are a bona fide public service. Again, because we are, he was satisfied, and he called us.

To cut a long story short, he came to our Preston hypnotherapy branch, and he stopped smoking after just one session. That might have been the end of the story, but it wasn’t. The next time he saw his GP he happened to mention that he had stopped smoking. The doctor said something like good for you, and that might have been the end of it. But Magnus told him how he had managed it, hoping the doctor might be interested. But he wasn’t.

Why, do you suppose, was that? Is it that doctors don’t even believe the evidence in front of them? Actually, no. It’s because GPs are paid to prescribe, they’re not paid to recommend private therapists. It’s that simple. You would hope the important thing is helping patients, and it is in most cases. But it’s just too easy for GPs to believe the propaganda put out by the pharmaceutical companies, that they are selling evidence-based medicine. To look at real evidence in the face of this is not easy, given the time constraints we all know about, and given the financial incentive not to look beyond the propaganda.

Anyway, Magnus thought for himself, did his research and attended our Preston hypnotherapy branch. So for him, that’s the end of the story.


When you call us about hypnotherapy or acupuncture, or complete the enquiry form, we will contact you to discuss whether they are what you need. Once we are sure, we will have our Preston hypnotist or acupuncturist phone you. They are highly qualified, of course, but you will still want to see if you like them. Hypnotherapy and acupuncture are great, but your success will to some extent depend on your relationship with the hypnotist or acupuncturist you see.


If you want to take pharmaceuticals to stop smoking instead of acupuncture or hypnosis, see your GP.. You can also visit the Lancashire County Council website here. If they can’t help you, our Preston hypnotist or acupuncturist will be pleased to do so.