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Online Therapy

Online counselling and hypnotherapy

A convenient and safe alternative to face to face counselling and hypnotherapy

I use Zoom’s video-conferencing service to provide a safe and convenient way to offer online counselling and online hypnotherapy. Conversations via Zoom are encrypted so your privacy is protected (see Zoom’s privacy policy for more information).

Why choose online therapy?

The first good reason to choose online therapy is because it works. Research (Simpson, 2009; Backhaus et a., 2012; Norwood et al., 2018) has shown that online therapy is effective. Both counselling and hypnotherapy clients have told me that they’ve been surprised how quickly they forget they’re working online and often feel like they’re in the room with me. Having online therapy also gives you the option of seeing a therapist in the comfort of your own home. Additionally, because there’s no travelling you’ll save on travelling time and costs. It also gives you added flexibility if you often work away from home. All in all, there are many positive reasons for choosing online therapy.

Preparing for online therapy

I will send you an email invite which contains a link to your scheduled online therapy session. Simply click on the link in this invite and you will be guided through the set up process. As part of the process, you will need to download the free Zoom app onto your mobile phone, tablet or computer.  It’s best to allow some time to do this in advance of your first session commencing. See Zoom’s video guide for more information.

Creating a safe space for online therapy

Choose a quiet, private location at home or elsewhere where you are safe and free from disruptions or distractions. If you have them, headphones with a microphone can offer added privacy. 

 

Remember to put your mobile phone onto Silent Mode so you will not be disturbed. Turn off any virtual assistant, such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana or Google Assistant on your mobile phone and computer. Switch off Amazon Alexa or equivalent if it is in the space you are using.

Online therapy outside the UK

Please note that as I am based in the UK, I am governed by UK jurisdiction. If you are seeking online counselling or hypnotherapy from overseas, you will need to confirm you are in agreement to this.

Online therapy research references

  • Backhaus, A., Agha, Z., Maglione, M.L., Repp, A., Ross, B., Zuest, D., Rice-Thorp, N.M., Lohr, J. and Thorp, S.R. (2012) ‘Videoconferencing psychotherapy: a systematic review’, Psychological Services, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 111–31.
  • Norwood, C., Moghaddam, N.G., Malins, S. and Sabin‐Farrell, R. (2018) ‘Working alliance and outcome effectiveness in videoconferencing psychotherapy: a systematic review and noninferiority meta‐analysis’, Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 797–808.
  • Simpson, S.G. (2009) ‘Psychotherapy via videoconferencing: a review’, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 271–86.