I am often asked by prospective clients and others if online therapy works.
The simple answer is that yes it does, if you are seeing a well qualified and experienced online therapist.
How does online therapy work?
You find a therapist that works online with clients and check their qualifications, experience and if they have any online independent reviews. I am a Mindfulness-based therapist & Hypnotherapist so most important of all I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) a register set up with input from The Department of Health. The sole aim of the CNHC is to protect members of the public from poorly trained, unqualified or unscrupulous therapists. I am also a registered Hypnotherapist with The General Hypnotherapy Register GHR and on the Hypnotherapy Directory. For counselling therapists you should check The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) register.
You contact your chosen therapist and arrange a time for a consultation or your first session. There are a few different services out there but I use Skype because it has very good quality sound and video feeds. So with Skype you make a video call and you can see and hear each other, you can also share documents so you are able to establish a therapeutic relationship between the two of you.
So on-line therapy works exactly like face-to-face therapy, there is no real difference other then the way in which the Therapy starts instead of ringing a door bell or waiting in a reception area you just make an on-line video call.
Why use online therapy?
There are many reasons why people want to use an online therapist or Hypnotherapist Supervisor. These include:
They have started off seeing the therapist or hypnotherapy supervisor in person (face-to-face) but have then moved out of Surrey / London. I have experienced this with clients, one of which moved back to Ireland. I also supervise a couple of hypnotherapists that trained and I supervised whilst they were in London but actually live in other parts of the UK, they wish to continue the therapeutic relationship that was already established.
There are few good therapist in their area that they would want to see. I have worked with an English woman who lived in Marrakesh, Morocco who explained there were no English speaking, professional therapists near her. She went on to recommend me to several other English people in Marrakesh who I was able to help and support via Skype. I have just started working with a client who is on the other side of London who wanted an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) therapist but who was unable to find one near her that she liked.
Some people are not able to leave their home or travel to see a good therapist. I have worked with clients who were suffering from agoraphobia, illness, disabilities or who were in the country or small towns and not able to travel to see a therapist.
Also clients who feel vulnerable and find it difficult talking to another human being in person. They are able to be in the safety and convenience of their own home and feel no physical threat or anxiety.
Online hypnotherapy, therapy, Mindfulness and supervision via Skype can be very effective.