These days the health risks attached to smoking are common knowledge but many still have trouble giving up the habit.
Hypnotherapist Joan Broadhurst will facilitate a seminar to help participants quit smoking permanently.
Two evenings of hypnotherapy stop smoking seminars are being held, one in Williams Lake and one in Quesnel.
In Williams Lake, the seminars will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Coast Fraser Inn.
The Quesnel seminars will take place at the Best Western Towers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The cost to attend the seminars is $49.
Broadhurst of Soul Talk Hypnotherapy Services is a certified hypnotherapist with the International Medical Dental Hypnotherapy Association. As a hypnotherapist, Broadhurst focuses on personal empowerment, physical relaxation, and behaviour modification.
“People are often unaware that self-hypnosis is something we use all the time when we daydream or meditate,” Broadhurst says. “It is a surprisingly powerful skill that, when harnessed effectively, allows the conscious and subconscious mind to work together to effectively achieve our goals.”
Hypnosis can help participants change the subconscious associations given to the act of smoking. This allows them to choose desired healthy habits and lessen or eliminate stress related to the activity.
“Hypnotherapy does work,” Broadhurst says. “Individuals who attend this seminar will have the skills they need to become a non-smoker, without anxiety, withdrawal, weight gain or the side effects from prescription medication. The use of hypnotherapy is exciting. People usually come to me for hypnotherapy when other conventional methods to create the changes they desire have not been effective.”