During this unprecedented period, I am following the government’s decisions regarding Social Distancing and how we can keep each other safe on a daily basis.
I have continued to see clients very successfully throughout the pandemic online via Zoom and whilst the Lockdown has begun to be lifted I am able to see clients in-person by ensuring I follow the Health and Safety Guidelines around PPE and the Health and Safety Executive’s Guidance for safe working.
For the moment I have decided to continue working online only until further notice, I will be reviewing this towards the end of August.
As a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, I am registered with the AfSFH, the CNHC and the NCH and all 3 have recommended that if I am able to work from how I am strongly encouraged to do so. This supports the government’s recommendations.
My insurance covers me for online therapy so I am able to provide the sessions in this way.
Hypnotherapy, specifically Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which I practise here at Aughton Hypnotherapy, is a combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.
There is some talking (not about the past, focusing on the future and positive things) and then the Hypnotherapy (some deep relaxation). Whether it occurs face to face or online via video link, it is always evidence-based practice.
I draw from Neuroscience to help explain what your brain is doing and why, so you learn how to cope with what is causing you issues.
Online Hypnotherapy works as well as face to face, and there is evidence to support this: It has been found to be effective for low mood, anxiety, stress, PTSD, phobias, relationship issues, adjustment issues, and grief. (Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013). A University of Zurich study found that online therapy was more effective for clients with depression than face-to-face therapy.
Having sessions online during this period of social distancing and isolation when we are all having to adjust to the new normal, make changes we didn’t anticipate and grieve for our former lives, perhaps experiencing anxiety and stress we’ve not experienced before or even finding our symptoms exacerbated, could be massively beneficial.
BBC News recently posted an article you may find of interest about how to protect your mental health during the Covid-19 crisis: