Many people are surprised to learn that hypnotherapy is available online via Skype.
But rather than being seen as a new thing, this should be regarded as the latest development in technology that has for a long time played a part in the delivery of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapists have always taken advantage of each new advancement to record sessions for clients to listen to at home from the early days of the tape recorder, through the cassette era to CDs and the modern recording software we have today.
Hypnotherapy sessions have also been conducted by telephone in the past, this became easier with introduction of the mobile phone and were found to be just as effective as face to face sessions (i).
The rise of the internet in recent years has seen the coining of a new phrase in the hypnotherapy world - "Skypenosis" - but other therapies are also using online media as an effective, efficient and convenient means of delivery.
Studies from City University in London, for instance, found speech therapy delivered online to be equally effective as face to face sessions (ii) (iii).
There are of course, many obvious benefits of online therapy - no need to spend time or money travelling (particularly if you are disabled, ill or squeezing in appointments between school times for example) or being more relaxed in your own surroundings - but there are good therapeutic reasons which may not be so apparent.
Firstly, the ability to choose the therapist that is right for you rather than be restricted to the ones nearest to you. Ì know from my own experience that it is not always easy to get the right match but this is important as research consistently shows that it is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist that is the most important factor in a successful outcome (iv).
Secondly, the ability to select the type of therapy that you feel is right for you rather than what's on offer locally. There are many types of therapy just as there are different types of people, one size does not fit all.
Thirdly it is often suggested that the therapy itself is enhanced as the efforts of both therapist and client become more concentrated with fewer distractions; certainly research studies have shown online therapy to be to be as equally efficacious as face to face sessions (v).
So how does it work?
On booking an appointment, you will receive from me an email with all the relevant details along with a PayPal link for payment.
If you have not yet got Skype, just Google it and follow the straightforward process for downloading and setting it up. It's free to use and all you'll need is a good internet connection and somewhere where quiet where you will be comfortable and undisturbed.
Don't forget I offer a free introductory consultation so please feel free to take advantage of this even if it's just to test it out!
Finally, having waxed lyrical about Skype, I should point out that many people do still prefer the face to face consultation and if this is you and you are in the Tunbridge Wells area, or within travelling distance, then I would be delighted to see you.
Whichever method you choose you will find me friendly, approachable, empathic and non-judgemental. You can be sure of my best attention at all times.
As always, do contact me for further information, I look forward to meeting you,
(i) H.E.Stanton, (1978). Hypnotherapy at a Distance Through Use of the Telephone. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 20 (4):278-81
(ii) Howell, S., Tripoli, E. & Pring, T. (2009). Delivering the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment by web camara: a feasibility study. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 44 (3), pp.287-300 doi: 10.1080/13682820802033968.
(iii) Marshall, J., Booth,T., Devane, N., Galliers, I, Greenwood, H., Hilari, K. et al, (2016). Evaluating the Benefits of Aphasia Treatment Delivered in Virtual Reality: Results of a Quasi-Randomised Study. PLoS ONE 11(8):e0160381. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160381
(v) A study (Cohen & Kerr 1988) into the effectiveness of the treatment of anxiety disorders online versus face to face found that both were equal in effecting a positive outcome. Cohen & Kerr, Computer Mediated Counselling: An empirical study of a new mental health treatment. Computers At Home 15, 1998: 13-26 Lovell, Cox et al.