Some people may wonder how hypnotherapy could work using Skype. After all, do you not need to be in the same room as the hypnotherapist to obtain therapy?
I first started using Skype to run hypnotherapy sessions for clients who were fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in Western Australia. They had face-to-face sessions with me while on leave in Perth, and wished to continue their sessions once they returned to work on the mine site.
This has now extended to people who, for one reason or another, find it hard to attend the clinic. They may have physical or medical reasons why they cannot drive, or they may have phobias, anxiety or stress conditions which makes it difficult for them to leave their house.
There are some situations where it is best to have a face-to-face session, but the majority of therapy can be delivered via Skype. The decision on whether or not to use a Skype session is discussed in the initial phone or Skype conversation. A mixture of sessions can also be used – some Skype and some face-to-face. This has been used very successfully for FIFO workers.
The Australian Hypnotherapists Association, is the largest hypnotherapy organisation in Australia and represents only professional clinical hypnotherapists. Due to the increase in remote therapy (e.g. delivered via Skype) they have written recommendations for AHA members conducting hypnotherapy using Skype and similar software. The document includes a checklist of what should happen before, during and after therapy to ensure “the safety and wellbeing of clients”, and “to promote best practice in the profession”.
Advantages of using Skypenosis
So what are the advantages of having a Skypenosis session (rather than a face-to-face session)?
- You can have help in the comfort of your own home, even while sitting in your favourite chair.
- You can access hypnotherapy services regardless of where you live
- You can save time – no travelling to the clinic required!
- You can avoid the stress of the journey to the clinic. No more driving through peak hour traffic to get to your appointment after a demanding day at work!
- If you work full-time, you can have after-hours appointments at a later time than in the clinic. Perhaps you wish to have your evening meal first, and then have the Skypenosis session. No problem!
- If you wish, you can have someone else with you during the session. This is of course possible with a face to face session in the clinic, but may be easier and more convenient to arrange for a Skype session.
- You can still access hypnotherapy services and get help even if you cannot drive, or currently have a condition where you do not wish to leave your home. This can allow you to resolve the very condition which prevents you leaving your house.
How does Skypenosis work?
As long as you have
- an internet connection, and
- a device with a camera attached (desktop computer with a webcam, a tablet computer (e.g. iPad), or a mobile phone
you can do Skype hypnotherapy. It is easy!
Skypenosis works best when
- There is an extra way of communicating (e.g. mobile phone or landline) as well as the device being used for the Skype session. Thus, if you were using your desktop computer or iPad for the Skype session, it is useful to also have your mobile phone or landline available, especially while setting up the Skype connection.
- The Skype device is set securely so that it will not slip, and I can have a good view of you, the person I am working with.
- There is a quiet location within your home to do the session, where you will not be interrupted. If you have pets, it is best if they are kept in another room during the session. For small children, it is helpful if there is someone else to look after them and keep them busy.
- To ensure confidentiality, it is also useful to use a room in your house where you cannot be overheard (or where you are comfortable for the other people in the house to overhear what you are saying).
An alternative option for those who do not wish to use Skype, or who do not have the required technology, is an initial consultation via phone after which I record a personalised hypnotherapy session for you. This is then emailed to you, and can be used in the comfort of your own home.
If you would like to discuss if a Skype hypnotherapy session could help you, or simply wish to find out more information, please email me or phone me (Lisa) on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0403 932311. I will do my best to answer any of your questions. All with no obligation.