Does hypnotherapy work effectively online?

Since March, I have been delivering all the hypnotherapy sessions online using video conferencing online (Zoom). I needed to deliver the sessions professionally with equal spirit and energy. So, would the sessions be as effective online?

The University of Manchester published research in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis showing that using hypnosis on Skype was an effective treatment for people with IBS (International Journal of clinical and Experimental hypnosis 2019)

The University of Zurich found that online therapy was more effective for clients with depression than face to face therapy (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013)

A team of Global experts in mental health have written in the Lancet Psychiatry about what they describe as ‘telepsychiatry’ (online therapy). The experts say that online therapy is particularly helpful when it is delivered in an intelligent, targeted manner that provides appropriate support. They also recommended focus on routine measurement and valued outcomes be part of the therapy (2020)

Although the Covid situation has propelled most Clinical Hypnotherapists into using video conferencing platforms; I have been using this platform for many years with great success. I have seen clients in US, Belgium, France, Spain and Dubai. The session format remains unchanged and I recreate the atmosphere by feeding the music through the computer system, so it is clear and crisp.

I am very fortunate to be in the position of having the skills to deliver the therapy that the client needs. As described by the experts in the Lancet, the Solution Focused approach fulfils the recommendations of therapy being measured, individualised and refined.

I am grateful that I have been able to continue to work and to help those affected by this crisis and online therapy has allowed me to do this.

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