Does Online Therapy Work?

If you have decided that starting a course of psychological therapy might be useful but are unsure if you can attend appointments, you might be wondering ‘does online therapy work?’

There are two types of Psychological Therapy which are available via a computer which have strong research studies supporting their effectiveness for a range of psychological issues; Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) and Online CBT with a Therapist.

Which one to choose depends very much on the problems you are experiencing and what type of approach you believe will be most helpful to you personally.

Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT)  is where you work with an automatic piece of computer software without a therapist being involved.  The program will provide automatic assessments and then often gives you specific CBT techniques and skills to practice that might be useful to you.  Generally cCBT software is written for mild depression or panic problems, however there are other types being released.

Therapy online with a therapist works in a similar way to meeting with your therapist face to face.  Some clinics offer online therapy via a chat room format, where you message in real time with a therapist, but do not see eachother.  We don’t believe this to be as effective, and so online treatments we offer are via our secure software which allows you to see and speak to your therapist via webcam.  We also do not routinely use completely phone-based therapy for the same reason, although we are aware some clinics and counselling services offer this service.

If you are wondering whether online therapy is suitable for your difficulties why not explore our Online Clinic or give us a call or email and we will be happy to advise you.