Many hypnotherapists and counselors and coaches use online video call protocols to work with clients in other parts of the world.
However, any time I suggest it to a client I get asked, ‘Will it still work?’
Well, as with almost everything in modern life, research has been done on this and so we have an answer!
‘Comparing Skype (video calling) and in-person qualitative interview modes in a study of people with irritable bowel syndrome–an exploratory comparative analysis’ from BMC Medical Research Methodology
This article conducts a quantitative analysis of a study where both skype interviews and in-person interviews were conducted using the same questions, same interviewer, same transcriber to assess if there is any discernible difference between the two approaches.
And what does it conclude? Not surprisingly, in-person interviews were ever so slightly better.
But the difference proved so slight to be barely negligible. Using video for hypnotherapy to access the practitioner of your choice regardless of where you or they live saves time, money and (if you believe in climate change, and I do) the world.
So, if you want to work with me and you live in Outer Mongolia, as long as you have a good internet connection, we can make it happen.
Thus far my most far flung clients have been from Cambodia and Hong Kong. And funnily enough, many of my clients are from Ireland, even though I moved away from my home there in October last year.
Skype interviewing – Reference
- Krouwel M, Jolly K, Greenfield S. Comparing Skype (video calling) and in-person qualitative interview modes in a study of people with irritable bowel syndrome–an exploratory comparative analysis. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2019;19:219.