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The Rise of Online Therapy - A Powerful Solution for Modern Mental Health

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The Rise of Online Therapy: A Powerful Solution for Modern Mental Health

In recent years, a revolutionary shift has occurred in the field of mental health support - the rise of online therapy, (also known as teletherapy, telehealth or virtual therapy). As our lives become increasingly connected through technology, the accessibility and convenience of seeking mental health assistance online have grown exponentially. And with all the challenges and uncertainties of the modern world, more and more people are choosing online therapy, because not only can you achieve the same results online, but it comes with obvious benefits of increased flexibility, comfort, and the ability to choose a good therapist without the restrictions of available therapists in your local vicinity.

In this article, we'll explore some of the benefits (and evidence from recent research) from online therapy generally, plus talk more about why hypnotherapy works so well online too. So, if you're curious about online therapy, this guide may be helpful when it comes to seeking out the right support and finding the best therapist for you online.

How Effective is Online Therapy?

If you're considering online therapy, you might be wondering is it effective online? Well, the simple answer is yes, and that's because online sessions follow the same structure and process as they would do in person. As with any therapeutic approach, once you've found the right therapist for you and your specific needs and goals, the success of therapy relies on your willingness to engage and commit to the process. Because clients who actively invest the time and effort into the sessions and in-between too, tend to experience more profound and lasting change, regardless of whether therapy is conduced online or in person.

Numerous research studies support the efficacy of online therapy. Results have consistently shown that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy for a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, stress and depression. The quality of therapeutic outcomes is comparable, ensuring clients receive the same level of care and support.

After years of experience supporting my clients with online hypnotherapy, I've also seen the same successes for myself. Clients achieve the same results as they do from in person sessions, in fact clients tend to prefer working online, because it saves a lot of time and gives them increased flexibility.

Does online hypnotherapy work?

Yes, online hypnotherapy can be effective in helping you address many issues, including anxiety, stress, sleep issues and address unwanted habits and behaviours. It's a convenient and comfortable way to access the same professional support online from the comfort of your home or place of work.

Having worked with clients online I know from experience that the combination of solution focused brief therapy with hypnosis works successfully with my clients. After our initial consultation, hypnotherapy sessions are structured and run in exactly the same way as they would be done face to face.

Session online via Zoom for example, are safe and secure and when you connect at home in your surroundings where you feel more comfortable and relaxed, it can be increasingly beneficial to the focus and results of each session, and can mean in many cases you have time afterwards to reflect and consider you goals or discussion without needing to rush out and into a busy environment and that in itself can only be beneficial. So, in my practice, working online is now becoming a normal expectation of clients when seeking out support.

Can hypnosis work online?

Yes, hypnosis is just as effective online as it is in-person, and it does not require being in the same physical room with the hypnotherapist. Online hypnosis works when you have a quiet comfortable space where you can fully relax. When you work online, your therapist will need to monitor your progress, so you'll need to make sure you can be seen from your device or laptop once it's time to begin the hypnosis. Being relaxed in this way help you achieve a deep state of hypnotic trance where your subconscious mind can consider your solutions discussed and is more open to the positive suggestions being made by your hypnotherapist for positive change.

What is trance in hypnosis?

Hypnosis is often referred to as trance, this trance state is a deeply relaxed state of mind, when your subconscious mind becomes more open and receptive to positive suggestions without the interference of your conscious critical mind, that part of your mind that analyses and evaluates everything. Well during hypnosis (or trance) it takes a little break allowing your subconscious to on board suggestions without being evaluated by your critical conscious mind.

It means in this state of trance and relaxation your subconscious mind is more receptive to the guidance and imagery provided by your hypnotherapist. You can expect to hear gentle language, metaphors, and techniques to communicate directly with your deeper thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It's like unlocking the door to your inner self, where positive changes can take root.

Remember, you are always in control during hypnosis, it's not mind control or like anything you may have seen on stage or TV. Hypnosis in therapy sessions are often described as guided daydreaming, a very relaxing and uplifting process. Hypnosis creates a unique opportunity for you to tap into your inner resources and make positive changes on a subconscious level. It can help you overcome limiting beliefs, break unwanted habits, manage stress, reduce anxiety, and address various emotional challenges. So, embrace the relaxation and let the power of your subconscious mind work in a safe and supportive environment.

Is online therapy confidential and secure?

Yes, reputable online practitioners prioritise client confidentiality and security. In my practice, you can expect secure video conferencing software and encryption protocols provided by Zoom. Each client receives a unique and personalised link for every session to protect the privacy of therapy sessions. Additionally, I follow and adhere to professional ethical standards, which include maintaining client confidentiality and high standards in my practice. So, it's important when you're seeking out a therapist that you're able to choose a qualified and experienced therapist that follows specific codes of conduct that protect you, your personal information and your confidentiality.

What are the technical requirements for participating in online therapy sessions?

Once you've decided to work with a therapist online, it's always important to make sure it's the best approach for you. That's why it's always a good idea to trial connecting with your therapists online if you are unsure. In my practice, I'm always happy to do this without obligation, because the initial chat gives us the chance to explore your needs and it can also be done online via Zoom, giving you a chance to test the connection online. It's a great way to explore how therapy and online hypnosis will work specifically for you needs and goals to ensure it's the best approach for you.

Here are the top 5 technical requirements for online therapy sessions:

1. Internet Connection

Make sure your internet or wi-fi connection is stable and secure. A good connection really helps ensure the conversation flows easily and naturally and means you'll get better results from these conversations without being interrupted by loss of connection.

2. Your Device

You can participate in therapy or hypnotherapy sessions using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and microphone. For hypnosis, headphones really help you feel more immersed in the guided relaxation and suggestions.

3. Video Conferencing Software

Make sure the designated video conferencing software or application, such as Zoom or Skype, recommended by your therapist is available and working before your session. I always ask clients to test the link once scheduled. These days, most people are familiar with meeting online, so it's just a case of accessing the link provided and connecting at the time of the session.

4. Webcam and Microphone

Ensure that your device has a functioning camera or webcam and microphone for video and audio communication. Good sound quality is essential in helping you feel at ease and ensures easy communication online.

5. A Quiet and Private Space

Find somewhere where you won't be disturbed where you can comfortably talk without interruptions. For hypnosis, it helps to recline on a comfortable chair or bed as your therapist guides you into a state of deep relaxation.

Benefits of Online Therapy - Takeaways:

In conclusion, the rise of online therapy has truly revolutionised how we approach mental health support these days. It's an amazing option that offers you unparalleled convenience, accessibility, and confidentiality. Studies and real-life experiences have shown that online therapy and online hypnotherapy is highly effective in helping with various mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.

And that means that you don't have to worry about distance or busy schedules! Online therapy brings the support you need right to the comfort of your own home, and it's a safe and welcoming space for personal growth and healing. So, if you ever find yourself dealing with mental health concerns or simply want to enhance your well-being, consider the opportunities that online therapy can bring. Embrace this way of seeking out support, which is now becoming the new normal.


Studies Support The Effectiveness of Online Therapy

Computer therapy for the anxiety and depression disorders is effective, acceptable and practical health care: An updated meta-analysis.

Online therapy has the same positive outcomes as face-to-face therapy.

Study focused on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, the researchers randomly assigned clients with mild to moderate levels of anxiety to receive either online therapy or in-person therapy. Both methods of therapy were equally effective at reducing anxiety.


If you'd like some support or have questions about how online hypnotherapy works, start by getting in touch to book a free initial chat so that we can explore your situation and decide if hypnotherapy will be right for you and what your personalised treatment plan might look like.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Major Hypnotherapy

Andrew Major is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist and Mindset Specialist. His therapeutic approach combines psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy techniques, based on the latest research from neuroscience. Through one to one sessions, workshops and talks, he helps clients overcome the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression which may have been holding them back, so they can lead more fulfilling lives and careers.

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