Does hypnotherapy work effectively online?

Since March, like many training courses we found ourselves delivering the teaching using video conferencing online (Zoom). We needed to deliver the sessions professionally with equal spirit and energy. We also wanted to pass our knowledge onto the students so they could confidently use Zoom to deliver their practice sessions. So, would 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).

What does mean for our students and all qualified Hypnotherapists?

Although the Covid situation has propelled most of us onto using video conferencing platforms. Many Clinical Hypnotherapists have been using this platform for many years. The Zoom format is secure and with technical additions we are able to not only visually see the client we can communicate easily with minimal disturbance. The session format remains unchanged and we can even feed the music through the computer system, so it is clear and crisp.

For those Hypnotherapists who embraced online therapy many years ago, they have been able to widen the scope of their practice and broaden the appeal to those who were unable to leave home or too far away to travel. Now, we can all benefit from learning how to use Zoom effectively. We now incorporate this topic into our teaching and will continue to do so when we are able to return to face to face.

Global experts in Mental Health recommend at this time, that all therapists should have regular periods of reflection to enhance their practice. Once qualified, our graduates continue to be fully supported with supervision and continued personal development (CPD). They are able to talk freely about their successes and can seek assistance with any queries or problems that they encounter. This support is crucial in maintaining standards and updating their knowledge. The tutors at CPHT are qualified supervisors and offer this support online in a group or one to one setting.

All CPHT graduates are very fortunate to be in the position of having the skills to deliver the therapy that the client needs, and our therapy can be delivered effectively through video conferencing platforms. As described by the experts in the Lancet, the Solution Focused approach fulfils the recommendations of therapy being measured, individualised and refined.

Clinical hypnotherapist are very much needed at this time to help those affected by this crisis and online therapy has allowed us to do this, we are grateful.