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The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic
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Hypnosis or Psychotherapy - What's the difference ?

If you are looking for hypnosis or psychotherapy, you first need to know and understand both what hypnosis and psychotherapy are, and what they aren't.


Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with a state of heightened awareness; induced by suggestion. Hypnosis can be induced by auto-suggestion (Self Hypnosis) or the recipient may accept the suggestions given by another (Hetero Hypnosis). One widely held view is that all Hypnosis is really Self Hypnosis; in as much as the state of Hypnosis is really induced by the subject, by using their own thought processes.


Most people experience periods of Hypnosis many times during the course of their usual wakeful day, certainly at least twice a day, when they pass through a transient intermediate state of Hypnosis, upon waking up (the Hypnopompic state), and when falling asleep (the Hypnagogic state).


Hypnosis is a perfectly natural phenomenon, and a natural manifestation of the mind at work. A person in Hypnosis is not unconscious, in fact they are very aware. All the senses are enhanced, smell, hearing, etc. They can converse without disturbing the state, they know what is being said and can remember it afterwards if they want to.


The visible signs of Hypnosis to the operator (i.e. the Hypnotist) are variable: flickering eyelids, swallowing, facial flush, slower breathing, etc. and are dependent upon the individual subject concerned.


Similarly, for the subject, there is no one particular feeling associated with being in Hypnosis. Different people respond, well, differently. The feelings can be very slight or very evident to the recipient, for example: possibly a heavy or a light feeling in limbs or body; or tingling sensations (pins and needles) in extremities; or a slight tickling sensation on face or anywhere; or perhaps a feeling of falling or sinking into the couch; or a floating feeling; or a disjointed feeling of limbs, etc.


Most people have at least some appreciation of the existence of Hypnosis and the effects that may be produced using Hypnosis; through having watched shows that make use Hypnosis, such as Paul McKenna’s stage show. Far fewer people have any appreciation at all of the therapeutic use of Hypnosis, in providing positive assistance to people.


However, Hypnosis can be of tremendous benefit in providing relief for physiological symptoms that are psychically caused (i.e. non-medical symptoms), and for assistance with any problem where emotional or psychological unconscious forces are involved.


However, by itself, Hypnosis is just a very pleasant relaxed state with, apart from helping to the body to temporarily escape from stress, little therapeutic value.

And what is Psychotherapy ?

One definition of psychotherapy is as follows:


"In the most inclusive sense, the use of absolutely any technique or procedure that has palliative or curative effects upon any mental, emotional or behavioural disorder. In this general sense the term is neutral with regard to the theory that may underlie it, the actual procedures and techniques entailed and the form and duration of treatment.


There may, however, be legal and professional issues involved in the actual practice of what is called psychotherapy, and in the technical literature the term is properly used only when the teratment is is carried out by someone with recognised training and using accepted techniques. 


The term is often shortened to therapy, particularly when modifiers are appended to identify the form of therapy or the theoretical orientation of the therapist."


A psychotherapist, practising psychotherapy, usually provides assistance to the client that is focused on helping the client to change, so that the client becomes more able to deal with life's challenges themselves.

And what is Hypnotherapy ?

Hypnotherapy is a very advanced form of psychotherapy that is carried out whilst the client is in a hypnotic state, as described previously on this page. It is carried out by trained psychotherapists that have been trained in the way that the mind works, both whilst in Hypnosis, and out of Hypnosis, and are experienced in the safe and effective use use of Hypnosis in therapy.


Peter's own Therapeutic Hypnosis hypnotherapy treatment is particularly effective at helping clients with a wide range of problems and symptoms.



  • If there is something that you would like to do, but can't bring yourself to do it?
  • Or if there is something that you are doing that you really don't want to do - but you just can't stop yourself?
  • Or if you have some kind of 'medical' complaint that gets worse when stressed, such as maybe IBS or Psoriasis?

It may well be that Peter can help you  - just Contact Peter to make an appointment for a free initial consultation.

Or view the video below for more information on how Peter might help you. Or find out more about Peter's  unique therapeutic hypnosis therapy here.

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For professional, caring and confidential help, adviice, therapy or treatment for, or about, any of the above issues or topics, or similar, just contact Peter, preferably by e-mail, to arrange an appointment for your free initial consultation.

Directions to The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic

Select a town or district place name close to your location to see the route/direction of The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic from your selected town or district:


Towns & Districts/Boroughs in Surrey:

Addlestone Banstead Camberley Chertsey Dorking Egham

Elmbridge Epsom Ewell Farnham Godalming Guildford Knaphill

Leatherhead Mole Valley Reigate Runnymede Spelthorne

Staines Sunbury Surrey Surrey Heath Tandridge Waverley 

West Byfleet Weybridge Woking


Towns & Districts/Boroughs in Hampshire(Hants):

Aldershot East Hants Farnborough Hampshire Hart Rushmoor


Towns & Districts/Boroughs in Berkshire(Berks):

Berkshire (Berks) Bracknell Bracknell Forest Maidenhead

Reading Slough Windsor Wokingham 

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Addictions, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Anorexia, Anxiety DisordersBinge Drinking, Binge Eating, Bulimia, Blushing, Bruxism, Childbirth, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Compulsions, Compulsive Behaviour, Depression, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Emotional Problems (e.g. Anger, Rage, Sadness, Jealousy, Suspicion, Paranoia,Grief, Guilt, Shame, Trauma), Exam Stress, Fear of Flying, Food Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Habits, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Obsessions, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Pain Management, Panic Disorder (Anxiety Attacks or Panic Attacks)Phobic Disorder (Phobias)PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Public Speaking, Smoking or Vaping, Relationship Issues, Relaxation, Sadness, Sex Addiction, Sexual Issues, Sleep Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia), Sports Performance, Stress, Stuttering, Tinnitus and Weight Loss.

The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic serves the Surrey boroughs of Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge, Waverley and Woking.

For Hypnosis therapy and Hypnotherapy in Surrey, the Surrey towns of: Addlestone, Aldershot, Bracknell, Byfleet, Camberley, Epsom, Farnborough, Godalming, Guildford, Knaphill, Leatherhead, Runnymede, Staines, Sunbury, Walton, West Byfleet, Weybridge and Woking are all within a short 30 minute drive from Woking Hypnosis Hypnotherapist Peter Back at the Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic,


If you would like to find out more about how Surrey Hypnotherapist Peter Back might be able to help you, or if you are simply looking for the best help, advice, therapy or treatment, from a highly qualified and experienced Psychoanalyst, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist, just contact Peter by e-mail, at the Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic, Woking, to arrange an appointment to learn more about Hypnosis and Peter's own unique form of specialist, evidence based, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

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Situated in a quiet, discreet, setting with easy, and free, parking - you are assured that your consultations will be discreet, private and confidential.


All callers are by prior appointment, which is very easy to arrange - just select the button below to e-mail Peter first to arrange a convenient time for your appointment.


Therapies that facilitate effortless and transformational change in thoughts, feelings and behaviour mean that a number of problems of psychological or emotional origin can be helped.


Select the button below for more information about symptoms and the therapies that may be able help you, or instead just e-mail Peter to arrange a convenient time for a consultation.

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The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic

Blackbridge Road


GU22 0DN


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Directions from nearby towns and districts are given here: Directions.


Particularly convenient for:

Addlestone, Aldershot, Ashford, Bookham, Bracknell, Bracknell Forest, Brookwood, Caterham, Camberley, Chertsey, Chobham, DorkingEghamElmbridgeEpsom, Ewell, Farnborough, FarnhamGodalming, Guildford, Hampshire, Hart, Horley, Jacobs Well, Knaphill, Leatherhead, London, Ottershaw, Pirbright, Reading, Ripley,  Runnymede, Rushmoor, Sheerwater, Send, SpelthorneStaines, SunburySurrey, Surrey Heath, Sutton Green, Walton, WaverleyWest Byfleet, Weybridge, Woking, Wokingham, Worplesdon

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Please note, if you should 'phone it is quite likely that Peter will be busy with a client and unable to take your call.


E-mail tends to be the best way to contact Peter, to arrange or reschedule appointments.


However, If urgent, you might be able to reach Peter on the following 'phone number but please be prepared to leave a message... Thank you.


Phone:  08707 606765 08707 606765

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