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Local woman offers hypnosis to help people quit smoking

PRESCOTT VALLEY -Living a healthier lifestyle. Saving money. Having a baby.

Those are some of the reasons people give when they explain to Carlena Fransen Hart why they want to quit smoking.

Hart, a former nurse practitioner at the Bob Stump VA Medical Center in Prescott, recently started Hypnosis From the Heart to help people stop smoking over a lunch break.

A one-time, one-hour session is all it takes for most people who are serious about not lighting up another cigarette,

she said.

"It's just the most wonderful vehicle for quitting habits," she said. "This is a very well-researched and highly developed program to help people quit smoking."

More than 30 folks have successfully completed Hart's program since January.

"You have to do it because you desire to stop," she said.

Hart said the program teaches people to change what they believe and what they tell themselves on a subconscious level.

Fewer places to smoke and setting a good example for children are other reasons Hart said her clients want to stop smoking.

"It's also the negative impact it has on your family and friends," she said.

Hart said when clients call she asks them how long they've smoked cigarettes and how often they light up.

When a client arrives at her office for a session, Hart explains the process and makes them feel comfortable, and she helps them change their behavior and thoughts in their subconscious through hypnosis.

"We stay with you to make sure that you're successful at it," she said.

Hart has an aftercare handout with tips and reminders for people who continue to experience cravings. She also assists her clients if they have a relapse.

A session costs $350.

Hart is expanding her practice to help people battle anxiety and weight problems.

For more information, call 308-8412.

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