Remote hypnotherapy: Jessica Navin relates her experience on the virtual couch
First-time hypnotherapy patient Ms Jessica Navin, who is seeking treatment for anxiety and negative thinking, shares her hypnotherapy-over-zoom experience.
The session starts with a discussion on why she is seeking treatment, how anxiety is manifesting in her life and determining the goals of the therapy.
“I become stressed and anxious quite easily,” said Ms Navin, whose ex-boyfriend would also say “Jess, you’re quite negative all the time”.
As we chatted, and she relaxed into the session we learnt that she is holding on to the past, and not particularly over her relationship with her ex-boyfriend which ended a year ago.
“It’s was a long time coming, we were together for 4 years,” said Ms Navin.
Expressing a mix of emotions, about the ending of the relationship. At times feeling sad, grief and heartbreak while at other times feeling regret and jealousy when seeing her ex-boyfriend with another woman on social media.
The patient has a fear of commitment and limiting beliefs around relationships, which contributed to the breakup.
“my parents never stayed together, a lot of my aunties and uncles never stayed together, one side of my grandparents didn’t stay together, so I had it in my head that before settling down I wanted to test the waters and see if the grass is in fact greener on the other side,” said Ms Navin.
Ms Navin’s long-term goals are to “find a career which I’m happy with, which I can enjoy and feel financially stable to enjoy the other parts of my life” and “I would like to have kids eventually, not until my early 30’s”.
The patient currently works in a mental health support role and is considering further tertiary studies in psychotherapy but has negative thoughts about this idea saying, “am I good enough for this, do I have the time for this and can I commit to this”.
She enjoys taking her two little dogs for walks, watching her favourite TV shows, hanging out with her mum, reading self-help books, going for coffee, and attending music festivals.
Ms Navin has tried meditation and breathwork previously but hasn’t had any success with that. I introduced her to my methods of testing her ability to go into a hypnotic trance and created a video for you to watch her experience below:
As you can see from the video above Ms Navin was able to successfully respond to the first hypnotic exercise. The exercise involved using her imagination to visualise the described scenario and experiencing a physical sensation in her mouth.
The patient nodded her head and verbally said “yes” to both of my questions on seeing the visual elements in her imagination and feeling a sensation in her mouth. This test was a success and showed she is likely to be hypnotised. We then proceeded to the second test, which tests her ability to go deep into the hypnotic trance:
In the second hypnotic test, she was able to experience a deeper trance, “I felt my head dropping, dropping” as when deeper and deeper into the hypnotic state. The patient also lost track of time while she was under, thinking she was under for 25 seconds but was actually under for one minute three seconds.
After this second test Ms Navin was happy to proceed with the session, moving on to the therapeutic component, where she made herself comfortable, leaning back on the couch, eyes closed and listening to the sound of my voice as she drifted into hypnosis.
This therapeutic phase goes for 45 minutes and reprograms the unconscious mind to activate the relaxation response whenever she starts to feel anxious in her day to day life.
We particularly programmed her unconscious mind to feel calm and confident during times when she is talking in a group, being the centre of attention.
The session concluded with a discussion for a follow-up session in the future to see how she is progressing.