Can I have online hypnotherapy?
With the country in virtual lockdown what about the possibility of having online hypnotherapy if you need help with emotional or behavioural issues?
Hypnotherapy is mostly a hands off therapy so you might think practitioners could continue to deliver therapy.
The problem of course is that you would also have to maintain a 2 metre distance between yourself and the therapist. He, or she would also have to ensure that all surfaces are disinfected between each session to have a chance of avoiding contamination. They would also need to provide tissues and a bin which must be emptied after each session.
This is why the Government have advised that all such face to face therapies should be stopped for the coming period.
My personal view is that during the current Covid-19 pandemic it would make no sense for therapists of any kind to continue to work in a physical face to face mode – regardless of the amount of cleaning, hand washing and separation they do.
My daughter who is a brilliant nail technician has recently had to shut down her practice and cancel her appointments because of the possibility of coming into contact with someone who may be, unknowingly, infected and then passing that on to family members.
She is naturally upset, however she knows this is for the best and will restart her business when the time is right.
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So what about hypnotherapy? If it is not practical to work in the traditional way can I have online hypnotherapy using internet based technologies?
Happily the answer is yes.
In fact there is a relatively long history of people having successful hypnotherapy treatment via the internet. At first this was pretty much exclusively using Skype. Now however there are a multitude of alternatives.
If both you and your therapist have Apple products you can use FaceTime. Amongst the other products which can be used are WhatsApp, Signal and others if you have a smartphone or tablet. There are also videoconferencing products such as Zoom, Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting and Join.Me which do not require you to have much more than a PC, a browser (such as Google Chrome or Firefox) and an internet connection. Some even allow the therapist to record the session and send it to you afterwards.
Using these products is relatively easy. However your therapist should be able to offer you some alternatives to help you choose the most effective technology for you. I would recommend that they also guide you through the process of getting set up and test everything out_before_ your first session, especially if you need some help.
There are a number of variables and things to check. For example if you are using a phone or tablet then you will need to be able to prop it up at a reasonable height so you can be seen. You will not want to hold it during the session.
If you are using a laptop or PC, is the screen camera at a good height so your therapist can see your face and not up your nose? Perhaps you need to put a couple of books under it. This is also important for you when looking at the therapist! Do you need headphones or is the device audio equipment good enough?
Another question is where is the best place for you to have online therapy in your home. Don’t have the screen facing a window as it is likely to obscure the therapist’s view of you.
The online session
You may be wondering about the hypnotherapy session itself and the therapist will reassure you that it will be straightforward and simple. They will also explain what to do in the event of an interruption to the internet service and what they expect from you during the session.
What are the results? Well, obviously it is impossible for anyone to guarantee a successful outcome. Reports however are generally positive and some clients have reported that change happens faster because they are able to act on the suggestions and therapy more quickly.
It is clear that Covid-19 can cause the symptoms associated with anxiety. Hypnosis can be very effective in helping people overcome those fears and think and act differently.
Why not get in touch with your local (qualified and insured) hypnotherapist and ask about online hypnotherapy to help you? You can find them on sites such as CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council), BSCH (British Society of Clinical Hypnosis) or The Hypnotherapy Association.
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