It's just as effective as in person hypnosis but there are enormous advantages. The client can be remote - which is great when the client is restricted in place - maybe they are bed bound or in hospice care. It also allows for greater confidentiality - the client doesn't need to go to the 'hypnotist's' office. Transportation issues go away as well - all one needs is a phone line. The client can control their environment more - if they need more warmth, etc. And often the client feels safer because they are maintaining a lot of control by being in their own environment. Additionally, the cost is typically lower - or at least it is for my clients - since overhead costs are reduced.
Other points that I have noticed include a slightly stronger hypnotic effect, I think this is because the client is hearing me through earbuds or headphones. Messaging is going in directly and more effectively. Clients seem to be even more relaxed maybe because they are on their own turf.
Clients have recently used my telephone hypnosis sessions for assistance in managing anxiety, stress, pain, nail biting and smoking. If you are considering hypnosis but concerned about any of the issues mentioned above, consider remote hypnosis - it works just as effectively.
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Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.