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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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Hypnotherapy to address your Habits & Compulsions

Nail biting, hair pulling, self harm, drinking too much? Repetitive behaviours can be a real problem to kick and hypnotherapy may help.

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Hypnotherapy Guildford for your Habits and Obsessions

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Hypnotherapy to Manage a Drinking Problem

Hypnotherpy to Manage a Drinking Problem


Cutting Down or Stopping Drinking using Hypnosis

Whatever it is, maybe the amount of alcohol you are drinking, you come to the realisation that you are no longer in control of your drinking, what do you do?  You are trapped in a habit and if you are to overcome that habit and either stop drinking completely or just eliminate your dependence on alcohol, you need to understand the workings of a habit.

Hypnotherapy can help you address and work with that habit.

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Hypnotherapy to Stop Drinking or Manage a Drinking Problem  

Maybe you have been ignoring the tell tale signs, telling yourself that you do not have a drinking problem. You do not have to be an alcoholic to have a problem with alcohol. It usually starts innocently enough: maybe you get into the habit of drinking heavily because of the group of friends with whom you associate, maybe a glass of wine or a beer is your little treat to switch off when you get home from work. Then you realise that you are drinking more and more and the one bottle of wine an evening just does not seem enough. You try to stop drinking or cut down and find you cannot. You are trapped in a habit.

The Alcohol Drinking Problem

We live in a society that encourages the use of chemicals to manipulate ones mood. It does not matter whether it is caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, over the counter or prescription medicine or illegal drugs bought on the street corner. As far as manipulating ones emotions go, alcohol is pretty effective but that also means it can be extremely habit forming. The pressure to drink can feel intense to the point that some people regard not drinking at a social event as being antisocial. It does not matter if you regard it as “Dutch Courage”, social lubrication or your treat at the end of the day, you can easily trap yourself in the clutches of a powerful habit.

Does One Have to Stop Drinking?

There are many people who believe that stopping drinking is the only solution to a drink problem. The twelve step programme developed by Alcoholics Anonymous requires that you accept that you cannot manage your drinking so the only solution is to stop drinking completely. My view is that there are two types of drinking – the type driven by habit and the type driven by choice. Choosing a nice wine to complement a meal out is completely different to feeling driven to drink every night when returning from work. You may want to stop completely but the process of addressing the habit is the same whether you want to stop drinking completely or just drink “normally”.

Do You Want to Control Your Drinking Problem?

Stephen Rigby has assisted many people to change their behaviour with hypnotherapy. In Guildford he also offers a free half hour introduction that will allow you to find out a little bit more about the process and what is required before making a commitment.

Book a hypnotherapy appointment with Stephen Rigby at his Guildford or Woking, Surrey practice now! For priority treatment ring Stephen Rigby at your selected location:

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