The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on so many different countries in the world.
At the time of writing, the UK is about to enter another three weeks of isolation during which all but essential businesses are shut down including mental health services like hypnotherapy and counseling.
When it is done well, online therapy is the same as face to face therapy. I am very thankful that I have been running online sessions for many years now as some of my clients live too far away or can't travel for some reason. Therapists who are comfortable using online platforms are able to be exactly the same as they would be in person.
With my clients, I structure sessions in the same way.
We have a good chat through all the challenges you are facing, map out your anxiety cycle and make a plan for how we are going to work on the issues you have brought up. We can still do hypnosis work over the video call and all exercises and mp3s are emailed over for you to work with between sessions.
For you, it is a chance to talk through the challenges you are facing with someone who is very experienced with anxiety disorders. My clients report that they feel very relieved and reassured after sessions because I know that some of the things you see as "silly" are often really common issues.
My clients also tell me how empowered they feel by being part of making a plan to overcome anxiety and by having the opportunity to work on things between sessions, especially as so many things are out of control at the moment.
For sessions with me, you really don't have to be. I have worked with all kinds of different people will all kinds of different set ups. If you have a webcam then great! that just means I can see you, otherwise you just need a laptop or PC and internet access. Even if you are nervous about it, I would recommend giving it a try as there are always ways around any issues we come across.
When you purchase an online session with me you get sent a link that you just click on and then we get started.
For those more tech savvy who prefer certain apps or programs, we can work around that too.
Good question, the system I use is linked to our whole clinic system which is used by other healthcare professionals. Because of this we know that our system is secure because we have to prove it to various regulatory bodies in order that medical information is not shared.
Other systems vary hugely and you would have to look into those if your therapist is using them.
You can address the same issues with online therapy as you can with face to face therapy.
For my clients, I specialise in anxiety disorders and so can work with them in clinic, online and through my online courses as that is my area of expertise.
I am finding at the moment that there is a huge increase in the number of people looking for coping strategies for their anxiety while they are stuck at home. Often people with anxiety manage by distracting themselves but at the moment this is more difficult. Once people are bored of the TV or reading, they are starting to dwell on their anxiety and the anxieties that they see online and on the news.
This is where hypnosis, self-hypnosis and cognitive behavioural exercises are extremely beneficial as they give you the tools you need to take control of those intense anxiety moments.
For online sessions with me you can find out more by heading to my Online hypnotherapy sessions page.
Here there is more information on the sessions and anxiety as well as links to book a session.
If you are interested in the online courses that you can complete at your own pace then you can go to my Online Courses page.
The most important thing is that we all do our bit and make sure that this virus doesn't spread too much. By engaging in online therapy you are not only ensuring that therapists are able to continue working but you are also doing your bit to stay home and keep the country you live in safe.
The way we think has a huge impact on our mental health. If you are looking to overcome your anxiety or just improve your mental health then first you need to know what thoughts are making things worse.
This download gives you a list of the most common ways we think negatively. All you need to do is see which ones you do most.
Also, keep an eye on your emails! I will be sending you a really useful video that goes with this exercise.