Online Hypnotherapy: how online therapy works and can make you feel better

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Want hypnotherapy but can’t get to a therapist? No problem. Online hypnotherapy has become increasingly popular since the pandemic and on this page we’ll explore how it works and what you can expect.

We’ll also identify the differences between online and in-person hypnotherapy and ask ‘Is online therapy as effective as in-person therapy?’

Let’s find out…

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About online hypnotherapy sessions

We live in an age of gadgets and screens; it was inevitable that therapy would one day be conducted online. The last 10 years or so has seen a steady increase in the number of people seeking ‘remote therapy’ and this has sky-rocketed since the pandemic.

For instance, back in 2010 I would conduct only 1 or 2 sessions a month via Skype. Nowadays, about 40% of my client work is done online.

If you’re interested in online therapy (with me or any other therapist who works online) there are a few things that you’ll need to ensure such as…

  • A safe and quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the session
  • A decent wifi connection
  • A fully charged laptop/phone (and that the camera and mic both work correctly)

Those are the basic requirements. But it’s important to understand some of the differences between in-person and remote therapy…

What are the main differences between online hypnotherapy and in-person hypnotherapy?

Online therapy is different to in-person therapy but the differences are not as great as you might imagine…

The main difference with working via a screen is that the therapist won’t be able to ‘read’ your body language. (During in-person therapy it’s common for the therapist to look for subtle body language cues but this isn’t possible when working online because only your face will be visible on the screen).

Other differences between in-person and online therapy include…

  • Limited use of certain hypnotic procedures (such as using the REWIND technique to treat trauma which might not be suitable for use online)
  • During in-person therapy the therapist may occasionally touch your hands/arms to ‘anchor’ a good feeling during the session. This is obviously not possible via a screen (though you can establish anchors yourself by following the therapist’s instructions)
  • As technology is still not 100% reliable, connection can sometimes fail when working online. A back-up plan needs to be agreed before online therapy begins and you will need to provide an emergency contact number
  • The therapist will gauge your suitability for working online (it is not suitable for everyone*) and you’ll need to agree to (and sign) an online consent and privacy policy before therapy can commence

*Just to say that a therapist is unlikely to work online with you if you are suicidal, severely depressed, deeply traumatised, self-harming, or suffering from psychosis. Such conditions are best treated face to face.

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What are the benefits of online therapy?

Now that you know a bit about the differences, let’s list some of the benefits of online hypnotherapy…

#1 There are no travel expenses (and if you’re using the car, no stress to find somewhere to park and then buy a parking ticket)

#2 More time flexibility: rather than seeing me on set days at The Green Room in Stowmarket, I can see you online at a time that suits both our schedules

#3 Having therapy online means you will save travel time and won’t have to arrange things like child care

#4 You can have online therapy from anywhere (as long as you have a good internet connection and won’t be disturbed for an hour)

#5 My online sessions are £10 cheaper than face-to-face sessions (see below)

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Is hypnosis safe to use online?

As you can see, there are some major benefits to online hypnotherapy but let me answer another important question…

Is hypnosis safe to use online?

A competent therapist should be able to use the skills they use in the therapy room via a screen. Sure, there are some differences, as we’ve discussed above, and one or two caveats…

As just mentioned, some people will not be suitable for online therapy. The therapist has to use their professional judgement to assess your suitability. But assuming you are suitable for online therapy, what about hypnosis itself? Could it go wrong?

In the many hundreds of sessions I’ve now conducted online there has been only one mishap; a client fell asleep during the hypnosis part of the session! No amount of my speaking loudly could rouse him from his slumber. I stayed online until he eventually awoke some 30 minutes after the session was supposed to have ended!

Apart from the possibility of falling asleep, you might experience an abreaction (a profound emotional release). Again, a skilled therapist knows how to deal with this if it happens, whether in-person or online.

So, to answer the question, ‘Is hypnosis safe to use online?’ I say this: if you are suitable for in-person hypnotherapy, you are probably suitable for online hypnotherapy (except in cases such as psychosis etc. that I mentioned before).

What platforms are used for online therapy?

There are a number of different platforms for online therapy. I used to use Skype but now I use a free platform called Doxy.me.

You don’t need an account with Doxy.me (unlike Zoom). Once we’ve agreed on an appointment time, all you need to do is click human spirit online therapy or the link below to enter my waiting room. Simple.

Most people are now familiar with Zoom, which I use as a back-up (in case Doxy fails). If you’ve not tried it yet, you’ll need a Zoom account (the free one is ok for online sessions but is limited to 40 minute calls. Hence I mostly only use Zoom for the free 20 minute taster sessions).

My third choice is WhatsApp. The security on this is not as good as the other two platforms and it has to be used on mobile (which can mean a shaky screen if you have to hold your phone all through the session). However, if this is your preference we can use it.

Free online therapy ‘taster’ session

I offer all new clients a Free Online Discovery Session which is a chance to see if you like online therapy. You can tell me what you’d like to change in your life and ask any questions about hypnotherapy and how it works online.

The free taster session lasts for about 20-25 minutes and is an opportunity for you to familiarise yourself with what it feels like to work with me online. There is no obligation to book any paid sessions.

If, after the taster, you’d like to start online therapy with me I will send you…

  • A questionnaire that will help you pinpoint your issue of concern and clarify the goals of online therapy
  • A mini ebook about how to get the most from online sessions
  • A copy of my online consent and privacy policy (which you’ll need to agree to before we can start working together)
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How much does online hypnotherapy cost?

If you would like to book a full online hypnotherapy session after the free taster, we can agree on a date and time.

Full online hypnotherapy sessions last 1 hour and cost £55 per session (£10 cheaper than in-person sessions). See my fees and payments page for more info.

Each session will involve a combination of mind-coaching, hypno-psychotherapy/counselling, and mentoring, much like face-to-face sessions.

Remember, with online hypnotherapy you will save time and money and start making some really positive changes from the comfort of your own home.


Find out more about online therapy and the way I use hypnosis in a Free Discovery Session

Call me on 07921331707 or email me now

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Please note the following:

Because of certain online therapy regulations my public liability insurance doesn’t cover me to work with clients in the USA or Canada. If you are located anywhere else in the world, I can work online with you.

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