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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:

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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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Some Medical Issues Respond to Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a therapy that is complementary not alternative. It can help with many medical issues and is used increasingly in the NHS.   

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Hypnotherapy to Address Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a severe anxiety disorder which can develop following an incident of extreme emotional distress experienced personally or witnessed happening to another. Typically the trauma is due to the threat of death or threat to ones own or another’s psychological or sexual integrity.  PTSD can develop years after the sensitising experience.

If you feel you are suffering from PTSD seek medical assistance. Hypnotherapy can complement but not replace proper medical care.

What are the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?

The symptoms experienced by someone suffering PTSD are many including all the symptoms of depression but there are three groups of symptoms that are characteristic of PTSD:

Those at risk from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

We normally associate PTSD with members of the armed forces but any person who works in an occupation that can encounter traumatic experiences (e.g. Police, Fire Service, Paramedic etc.) are under increased risk as is any person who is involved in a serious car accident, physical attack (especially rape) or natural disaster.  Many people returned from their holidays with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after experiencing the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004.

Hypnotherapy is not a new treatment for Post-traumatic Stress

Hypnotherapy is not a new treatment for PTSD; in 1949 John Goodrich Watkins wrote a book “Hypnotherapy of War Neurosis” that documented his treatment of World War II veterans for PTSD using hypnotherapy. War Neurosis and Shell Shock are old names for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Back in the early 1900’s the condition was not recognised and many of the soldiers shot for cowardice and desertion during the First World War were probably suffering from PTSD.  

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Book a hypnotherapy appointment with Stephen Rigby at his Guildford or Woking, Surrey practice to discuss how hypnotherapy may help you now! Remember you can get a free introductory appointment in Guildford if you just wish to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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Hypnotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was given its current name by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980 - five years after the end of the Vietnam War.  It may or may not be coincidental that the number of American veterans of that war who died as a result of suicide is greater than the number of Americans who actually died in that war.

It is estimated that one in eight soldiers who fought in Iraq returned suffering symptoms of PTSD

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