While it would be easy to just write a how to guide about Zoom hypnotherapy online, this article delves a little deeper. If you’re in a position of not knowing much about hypnotherapy you will discover;
- What is hypnotherapy?
- What is hypnosis?
- What happens to the brain during hypnosis?
- What is Zoom hypnotherapy online?
- How does Zoom hypnotherapy work in practice?
- What are the benefits of Zoom hypnotherapy online?
- What are some of the conditions that can be treated using hypnotherapy online?
What is Zoom hypnotherapy online?
Quite simply Zoom hypnotherapy is the process of delivering hypnotherapy using the online communication platform Zoom. Zoom was originally founded in 2011 and was mainly used by businesses to enable them to hold meetings worldwide without the need for their employees to get on a plane or drive the length of a country.
Much of the UK population had never heard of Zoom until March 2020 when the government announced the first lockdown. It then seemingly became the nation’s savior with it quickly been adopted by small businesses, schools, colleges and universities to allow communication to continue behind closed doors.
Around the same time its use spread throughout UK households as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends. Many hypnotherapy businesses at this time also saw the benefits of using Zoom hypnotherapy, enabling them to continue to help their clients to make positive change.
What actually is hypnotherapy?
There is a vast array of therapies available to help people to resolve their mental or emotional issues. There is almost a therapy for each letter of the alphabet ranging from Art Therapy all the way through to Water Cure therapy.
Hypnotherapy differs from other types of therapies as it uses hypnosis/trance to bring about positive change in people.
I’ve heard of hypnosis, what is it?
You will have probably have heard of both the terms hypnosis and trance. They can really be thought of as being interchangeable, as they both describe a time when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness. It’s described as like being in a day dream. So when you gaze out of the window you have gone into trance. It’s believed that we go into trance roughly every 6 to 7 minutes throughout our waking hours.
Hypnosis is really a problem solving state. You may just feel that you’re in a nice day dream but ‘behind the scenes’ parts of your brain are in over drive. Unconsciously parts of your brain are communicating and building up networks to help solve your problems. Your brain can only access all the necessary parts when you’re nicely relaxed.
You can probably relate to a situation where you have been in conversation and forgotten the name of a person, song or film title. While you’re consciously trying to remember the name, it just won’t come to you. Its only later when you’re daydreaming that the name pops into your head. Your unconscious mind has been busy trying to retrieve the information and when it finds it, it alerts your conscious mind.
This is why hypnotherapy can be so beneficial, as it allows you to spend more time with your brain in its problem solving state.
What actually happens to my brain during hypnosis?
Whether you enter a trance state using face to face or Zoom hypnotherapy online the effects on your brain are still the same.
During the light trance state used in solution focused hypnotherapy your brain is able to build new positive pathways and connections. By mimicking your REM dream state, when done regularly hypnotherapy can help you to think less emotionally and instead to think with logic and reason. When you enter a trance state your brain shuts off its supply of noradrenaline, one of your bodies main stress hormones so you come back to full consciousness feeling calm and at ease.
During hypnosis your brain waves actually alter. When you are wake and especially if you are suffering from overwhelm, your beta waves will be predominant and your levels of stress hormones will be high. However, when you are in a relaxed trance state, your supply of stress hormones lower, enabling your more relaxing delta waves to continue to help calm you.
Your alpha and theta brain waves then become more influential which enable you to visualise and then come up with solutions to your problems. When in trance we allow our brain to make a proper assessment of our situation because it’s not being overloaded by never ending thought processes.
You might think that your brain switches off when you’re asleep or in trance. It’s quite the opposite, parts of our brain that we can’t access when are conscious are working hard to help you to solve your current issues. You may have experienced this if you’ve ever gone to bed thinking about a problem. You may have spent hours trying to use your conscious mind to figure it out but you can’t find the solution you’re looking for. Amazingly when you wake up in the morning you have the solution. While your asleep your brain has entered its problem solving state to find the answer for you.
Is Zoom hypnotherapy similar to the stage hypnosis I’ve seen?
Zoom hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis. Many of us may have watched a Paul McKenna or Derren Brown show and been amazed at what we’ve witnessed, but hypnotherapy is far removed from this. You may also have been entertained when watching a stage hypnosis show in a local theatre or when at college or university.
Hypnotherapy is very different to both of these examples as they require their volunteer to go into a state of trance very quickly. The hypnotist use ways of testing the audience’s susceptibility to hypnosis prior to using a rapid induction technique. It’s essential for their show that they can get a person into a state of hypnosis in a matter of seconds, often using touch as a trigger. Nobody in the audience is going to want to watch someone naturally going into hypnosis over a period of 20 minutes. As hypnotherapist I only use trance for therapeutic reasons. I give you all the time necessary for you to drift off peacefully into trance at your own pace.
How does Zoom hypnotherapy online work in Practice?
The actual hypnotherapy sessions will follow the same format as if we were meeting face to face. The only difference is that all our communication is done online. This makes it a particularly safe form of therapy which can take place from anywhere in the world. Your therapy session will take the same structure as it would if it were taking place in a therapy room.
All parts of the of the hypnotherapy process can take place via Zoom, from the initial consultation through to the therapy session itself.
Do I need to be good with technology to use Zoom hypnotherapy online?
Thankfully not. You will be send an invitation via email stating the time and date of our session together. You will then only need to click on the link in the email at the specified time to connect to the session. I will then invite you into your hypnotherapy session. It really is that simple.
Where can the sessions take place?
The beauty of using Zoom hypnotherapy is that it can take place from anywhere there is a stable internet connection. If you are away from your house due to work or leisure commitments it really doesn’t matter. As long as you have a device and you can connect it to the internet then you can still receive the benefits from your hypnotherapy sessions.
Is there a best position to be in?
The best for position for you to be in is the one where you feel the most relaxed and comfortable. You might have a favorite arm chair or sofa, or you may prefer for you to be on your bed. As long as you are able to relax then any of these are more than suitable. You might worry about falling to sleep during your hypnotherapy session but in reality this very rarely happens and if it does you’re in the safe, familiar surroundings of your home. You can’t get stuck in trance, you just drift off into sleep.
Is Zoom hypnotherapy safe?
Zoom hypnotherapy is extremely safe. As we don’t come into face to face contact there is no risk of transference of any type of viruses.
Are there any benefits of using Zoom hypnotherapy online?
There are a many reasons why people prefer using Zoom hypnotherapy online to the more traditional face to face format. These include:
It makes much better use of time as there is no need to travel to and from your session. Because of this, it can make treatment much more convenient. It makes it easier to fit a therapy session into a busy day as only an hour needs to be spared, there is no need to add any travel time onto either end.
During the last part of our session you will be guided into a relaxed state. It is during this state that your unconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestions which can have a beneficial effect. One of the major benefits of being in a familiar environment is that you have the potential to enter this trance state more quickly.
Many people are quite self conscious about being watched when they have their eyes closed. If you are on a therapy couch it is possible that you might feel quite vulnerable. When using Zoom hypnotherapy, you are able to turn the screen away from you. There is no need for me to see you. The only need is for you to be able to relax while listening to the relaxing music and my voice.
Many people find driving to new locations and finding parking spaces quite stressful. As the therapy session will usually take place from your home this issue is immediately resolved. As a majority of my clients are seeking help with symptoms related to anxiety it really makes little sense to add to their worries. Additionally, if you are seeking help for social anxiety or agoraphobia then we remove the necessity for you to leave your house.
Offering Zoom hypnotherapy online means that I am able to provide my services to both national and international clients. This gives many clients the opportunity to benefit from my services who would never have been able to if face to face therapy was the only option available. So wherever you are reading this article from we can work together to help you make positive changes for your future. This month as well as conducting therapy sessions for people in my local area I have been able to help people from Gibraltar, Wiltshire and Kent even though I’m based on the Hertfordshire/ Bedfordshire border.
Is Zoom hypnotherapy online as effective as face to face sessions?
There is absolutely no difference to the structure of the session and the benefits are just the same if not better. Humans are by nature creatures of habit. Our brains love repetition. Repetition means we can move things from our conscious to unconscious mind, meaning it requires less effort on our brains behalf.
When things are comfortable our brain feels safe and we are able to relax more. This may make it possible for you to enter a trance state more quickly. This means that your brain will have more time to focus on, further absorb and reflect on the things we have discussed during the session.
A number of studies have been conducted comparing the effectiveness of hypnotherapy online to face to face sessions. None of the studies found Zoom hypnotherapy sessions to be less effective whilst some of them found it to be a more effective method of delivery.
Can I be hypnotised online?
Everyone goes in and out of a trance state multiple times during the day. Some people are very susceptible to hypnosis and can enter a deep hypnotic state very easily. This is certainly not necessary as far as your hypnotherapy session is concerned.
As long as you possess the ability to relax, you will enable your conscious and unconscious minds to work together to find solutions for your problems. I have run hundreds of hypnotherapy sessions using Zoom and no clients to date have found it difficult to relax in their own familiar surroundings.
What is Solution Focused Hypnotherapy?
Solution focused hypnotherapy is a safe, modern type of therapy that combines the use of talking therapy and hypnosis. It has its basis in neuroscience and offers a holistic way for you to improve your mental health. Solution focused hypnotherapy can be thought of as a process that enhances your brain’s natural ability to reduce anxiety. It is very effective on its own but can also be used as part of a program designed to improve mental health and wellbeing.
During a therapy session I focus my attention on getting you to be the best version of yourself, your end destination. To get you to this end destination there is no need for you to recall negative experiences associated with the past. It’s therefore very outcome focused. We work together to make you the person that you wish to be.
Whilst sometimes in life it can be beneficial to analyse and evaluate situations, when using hypnotherapy for anxiety related conditions, it can be very counterproductive and can itself create more anxiety.
With solution focused hypnotherapy we recognise that we can’t change the past, therefore we begin with the end in mind.
You might think of it a bit like a taxi ride. When you get into a taxi you tell the driver where you would like to go. They have no need to find out where you have been or why you were there, in order to get you to where you want to go.
All of my work is focused on getting you to your end destination. A place where you are free from the debilitating effects of your condition that you sought help with. We look at what you want to achieve (the solution) as opposed to what prompted you to seek help (the problem).
What conditions can be helped using Zoom hypnotherapy online?
Any condition that can be treated with face to face therapy can also be effectively treated using Zoom hypnotherapy online. Solution focused hypnotherapy itself is such a versatile form of therapy that it can be used to help people to overcome a whole range of conditions from stopping smoking to improving sporting performance.
What is are the most common conditions that Zoom hypnotherapy is used to treat?
I generally find that most of the clients I see come to me to find relief from:
Solution focused hypnotherapy is particularly effective in lowering high stress and anxiety levels which can have a negative impact on both physical and mental health. Anxiety is a natural reaction to a stressful situation. It’s an unconscious mind/body survival response that has been with us throughout our evolution.
Throughout most of our history, as a species we have lived in very harsh conditions, where we spent a lot of time fearing for our lives. When we judged a situation to be life threatening we engaged our fight/ flight mode. Our body was flooded with stress hormones, blood flow increased to our heart, lungs and muscles which gave us the best chance to fight our foe or flea as fast as we could. Anxiety is really just a natural survival response we all have.
It’s more common however for anxiety to gradually build up over weeks, months or even years. Neuroscience informs us that anxiety is created by thinking negatively or worrying about a situation or event. It’s not the actual event that creates anxiety but the thoughts surrounding it.
By helping you to focus on the more positive parts of your life, solution focused hypnotherapy helps you to change the part of your brain that drives your thinking. It enables you to think from the logical, rational part of your brain rather than your emotional, reactive part.
You can find out more about hypnotherapy for anxiety here.
A phobia can be described as an extreme, overwhelming or debilitating fear of an object, place, situation or feeling. When we experience a phobia, it can trigger an overwhelming physical and emotional response instantly engaging our fight/flight/freeze mode.
There are common phobias such as the fear of flying, dentists or confined spaces and less common ones such as buttons, zips and lollipop sticks. They all have the ability to initiate a stress response. When the brain recognises the object or situation then stress hormones are instantly produced. This increases both breathing and heart rate enabling the suffer to run as fast as they can away from the perceived danger. Sometimes if the fear is particularly strong the person can lose the ability to run and is instead frozen with fear.
Phobias can often develop in childhood. If a child hears their parents react to a situation or object with fear, then the child builds up an association.
They can also develop as a result of a frightening experience such a plane dropping rapidly in severe turbulence. Even though the passenger may have been on hundreds of flights before, this one terrifying event can be enough to lodge a fear template in their brain.
Using Zoom hypnotherapy online, it is possible to both remove this fear template and reframe future thoughts so that all negative associations disappear.
You can see how I used Zoom hypnotherapy online to help Dee to overcome her flying phobia here.
You can find out more about hypnotherapy for phobias here.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When a person is suffering from OCD they live with intrusive ruminating thoughts in their mind which cause an increase in anxiety. Most people recognize that their behaviour is irrational and therefore a conflict occurs between the emotional and ration parts of the brain, however, suffers feel bound to carry out them out to help keep themselves or others safe from harm.
The suffers ruminating thoughts are located within their primitive mind. It’s essentially trying to keep the suffer safe by regularly reminding them to carry out their compulsion. OCD doesn’t exist in the intellectual part of the brain. By lowering the anxiety surrounding the condition it is possible to quite quickly stop the ruminating thoughts by changing the area of the brain that controls thinking.
You can see how I used Zoom hypnotherapy online to help a client overcome OCD here.
You can find out more about hypnotherapy for OCD here.
Confidence, procrastination and motivation
It’s very easy to find yourself lacking in both confidence and motivation, which in turn can lead to procrastination. Even when you know that your life would be so much easier if you completed tasks straight away, you always find a reason not to. If you have negative thoughts surrounding your abilities this can increase anxiety levels. Instead of thinking from your intellectual mind which is very driven and logical, your thinking comes from the emotional part of your brain. This part of your brain will always try and take the easy way out in its misguided attempt to keep you safe. Why would you want to risk failure when you can stay within your comfort zone? By helping you to focus on the more positive aspects of your life and lower your anxiety, hypnotherapy can help you to be more confident, motivated and driven.
You can find out more about hypnotherapy for confidence here.
How many sessions of Zoom hypnotherapy online will I need?
The number of sessions you need to achieve your goals may be different to others. There are different variables that come into consideration, these include; the length of time that you have had the condition, the type of anxiety you have (OCD treatment tends to take longer) and how committed you are to your therapy.
With solution focused hypnotherapy we are always focused on your preferred future. This is where you imagine you would want to be when all the problems you came to see me for have vanished. Obviously this is very individual and therefore the number of sessions needed to achieve this can differ between clients. However, it is very typical for people to have met their goals in just 6 sessions.
How do I find out more about Zoom hypnotherapy?
I offer a free initial consultation where I will happily answer any questions you may have about using hypnotherapy online. This will also be an opportunity for you to discuss how your condition is currently holding you back and how you would like your life to be different in the future. Having listened to you I will then be able to explain what is happening in your brain to make you feel the way you do. You will also discover how we use hypnotherapy online to help you confidently move forward with your life.
I’d love the opportunity to support you while you make positive changes to your life. If you wish to get in touch, you can do so here using my contact form.
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