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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is not a single form of therapy but uses many approaches that are applied using hypnosis.  This makes Hypnotherapy an extremely powerful form of therapy.

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What is Hypnotherapy

Stephen Rigby:

Your Hypnotherapist

Fully qualified, fully insured and registered with the GHR, the largest professional register of hypnotherapists in the country.

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a powerful yet perfectly safe and natural frame of mind. Some estimate that we enter this relaxed state naturally four to eight times every hour.  

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What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy cannot be classified as a discrete type of therapy.  It is the use of hypnosis to facilitate the analysis of a problem, increase the effect of suggestion and to enhance the effect of other recognised therapeutic techniques.

What is Hypnotherapy?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of Hypnosis in the process of therapy.  This is also sometimes referred to as Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is endorsed by the British Medical Association

Hypnotherapy is classified as a “talking therapy” in the same way that therapies like Counselling, Psychotherapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are classified as “talking therapies”. Hypnotherapy is a mainstream therapy and is recognised as such by the British Medical Association.

Hypnotherapy is more than “Hypnotic Suggestion”

Many Hypnotherapists limit the therapy they give to “Suggestion Therapy” and “Hypno-Analysis” but this is greatly limiting the therapeutic potential of Hypnosis and highlights the incomplete nature of their training. In many respects hypnosis can be regarded as a catalyst or accelerator of therapy. Just as a catalyst or accelerator increases the rate of a chemical reaction so hypnosis increases the effectiveness of “talking therapy”.  This view has been confirmed scientifically: e.g. a meta-analysis carried out by Nancy Schoenberger in 20001 concluded that when hypnosis is incorporated into Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy the CBT’s effectiveness is increased in 70% of cases.

Hypnotherapy involves many different therapeutic approaches

Not all Hypnotherapy is the same as it varies according to the training and skill of the individual therapist. Stephen Rigby’s training has equipped him with a formidable toolkit of therapeutic skills. In addition to the use of hypnosis for suggestion and analysis he also has training that qualifies him to use hypnosis in conjunction with other interventions including Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT), Behavioural therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Over his years of practice Stephen has refined and added to his skills through a programme of continued professional development (CPD) so your therapy session will not be the same as a Hypnotherapist who conducts their sessions by reading or reciting “scripts” from memory.  (A script is someone else’s words found in a book or on-line.)      

Your therapy, the process of perspective change using informal and formal hypnosis, will start from the first point of interaction with your therapist. Most people regard Hypnotherapy as only taking place during the formal process of hypnosis but this is not the case.  A Hypnotherapist’s skills extend well beyond the process of formal hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy is a brief therapy usually only involving four to six sessions  

Everyone is different but on average a person will visit a Hypnotherapist for between 4 and 6 sessions although most people experience a positive change within the first or second session. This applies to everything except smoking cessation where a single intensive session tends to be most effective.

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For priority service ring Stephen Rigby now on 01483 566115 to make a Hypnotherapy appointment at his Guildford or Woking Surrey practice or use the booking form.


  1. Schoenberger N (2000) Research on hypnosis as an adjunct to cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 48(2): 154–69

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Does Hypnotherapy Work?

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Does Hypnotherapy Work?

I asked the best people to know - my clients!  I surveyed 50 of my clients and 100% said they experienced an improvement in the condition for which they attended!

What is NLP?

Many Hypnotherapists use something called Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP can be thought of as a form of informal hypnosis.  

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How To Choose A Hypnotherapist

Okay, so you have answered the question of does hypnotherapy work but all hypnotherapists are not the same. There are a couple more things you might consider when choosing yours.

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How to Choose a Hypnotherapist

Choose Hypnotherapy Woking

If you want to choose a Hypnotherapist in Woking, Stephen Rigby also holds sessions in the Woking Holistic Centre.

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Hypnotherapy Woking

Choose Hypnotherapy Guilford

Are you looking for a Guildford Hypnotherapist? Stephen Rigby has been a full time Hypnotherapist in Guildford since 2002.

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Hypnotherapy Guildford