For the past 10 years I have worked with clients, face to face in my consulting rooms in Capalaba.  However, for 5 to 6 years I have also worked over the internet via SKYPE or ZOOM.   So I was I was surprised when I had a client recently who came to me to quit smoking and he had been waiting ages to do it. When I asked him why he said that he lived in the country. Distance meant this was the first time he had been able to get into the city to see me. I told him that we could have done the session to quit smoking over the internet and there was no need to see me face to face.  The client was amazed and I realised it was something I had taken for granted.

Face to Face or Via ZOOM

Believe it or not, hypnosis over the internet is very effective. There are a few changes to the face to face process but not many.  First, the client is asked to wear headphones or earbuds. This means that the hypnotist’s voice is in their head. There are no outside noises and so no distractions and therefore the suggestions given are much more powerful.

Secondly, we instruct the client in how to ensure success using the internet.  The client must ensure  (a) all other windows are switch off on their computer; (b) there no outside distractions.  (c) The client must instruct all other members of the household to stay away so they can remain undisturbed throughout the session.  This does include all pets (and partners!) Lastly,  it is essential that the person sits so that their face is clearly visible to the video camera so their therapist can see them at all times.   I remember a client who’s cat climbed on the desk when we were halfway through the process. The cat then proceeded to walk over the keyboard and connection was lost.

Check the Internet

Another vital component to success is to ensure that internet connection that is stable. For many years I used Skype but found it too unstable especially when my camera and the client’s camera was on. I now use Zoom and that problem is eliminated.

So if distance is a problem and you are ready to stop smoking,  don’t wait, phone and organise to quit smoking cigarettes over the internet. It’s effective and you can stop smoking cigarettes in the comfort of your own home.
Interested? Call me on 1300 64 53 54

About Steve Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner originates from Rhodesia, (Zimbabwe) then working around the globe before finally settling in Brisbane Australia. As a scientist, Steve always had an interest in human development, especially Mind Plastisicity and how we cope with stress, anxiety and addictive behaviours. Over the past 15 years Steve has assisted many clients to transform their lives by resolving the obstacles holding them back.

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