HYPNOSIS BY SKYPE? HOW DOES THAT WORK?
Hypnosis itself does not require some specific “power” that the hypnotist has, so it’s ok if you’re not in the same room as them. To put it simply, hypnosis involves you narrowing your focus of attention – this is something that can be directed by voice, and auditory suggestion. We can teach you how to do this for yourself, but you’ll also be guided by your therapist.
Just like in any session, the therapist you’re working with by Skype is going to spend time getting to know about you, and what’s going on for you so that they can help you in a way that is right for you. Most people find that after a little bit of time spent talking to someone by Skype, it begins to feel as though you are sitting down together in the same space. It starts to feel normal pretty quickly.
HOW WILL THE THERAPIST BE ABLE TO TELL IF I AM HYPNOTISED?
A hypnotherapist has techniques for testing and deepening your experience so you get the most out of the work you do together. We also always make time for you to ask questions and get a feel for the whole process.
Like anything, working by Skype becomes easier with experience. Our therapists have been practising for many years, and this has allowed them to become comfortable working in all sorts of different circumstances – in busy hospital wards, in large groups, and sometimes even over the phone. Compared to some situations we’ve been in, working by Skype in a quiet environment is a bit of a luxury!
ARE THERE ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE IT’S NOT APPROPRIATE TO WORK THIS WAY?
It is not appropriate to take part in a session (by Skype or otherwise) if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you have a history of psychosis we’ll want to have a chat with you first to make sure hypnosis is appropriate for you.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
At the time of your appointment, you’ll need to be set up in a quiet, private space, with a comfortable chair. Let people know that you’re not available to them for a couple of hours – this includes your animals. Prepare for this ahead of time.
Don’t wait until the last moment to download and install Skype, please do this ahead of time and familiarise yourself with how it works. Set yourself up an account, and add your therapist as a contact. Their details will be in the confirmation email you were sent.
Ideally, you’ll be using a tablet, laptop or desktop computer – something that you won’t be required to hold. If you only have a smartphone available to use, work out a way that you can prop it on a desk or table so you don’t have to hold anything.
At the time of your appointment, make sure all your alerts – email, SMS, social media apps, etc – are OFF. This is really important. Close off any programs or apps that you are not using. You need to focus, and we need you to be without distraction.
It is important that your internet connection is strong, and that you have either working speakers and a microphone, or a headset with a microphone attached to your device. If you are using a desktop computer it will need to have a camera and speakers (and a sound card).
Have some water handy, and be comfortable.
We ask you to pay for your first session up-front at the time of booking because your therapist is agreeing to work with you outside their normal business hours, when it may be more convenient for you. Subsequent bookings may be paid for by direct deposit, on the day of the booking if that is more convenient for you – we’ll give you details about this.
At the appointed time, your therapist will call you by Skype. Answer the call using the video icon – both sound and vision are important. We will be prompt, and won’t keep you waiting. If for any reason there is a technical issue and the call cannot connect, you’ll be contacted on the phone number you have provided. If we haven’t connected with you by Skype within 5 minutes of your booked session time no doubt we’ll be trying to get in touch.
Once connection is made, please make sure your phone volume/vibrate is off.
ONLINE BOOKING COMING SOON, BUT FOR NOW PLEASE CONTACT US. SESSIONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SUNDAY MORNINGS AND MONDAY EVENINGS, AEDT.