“Electronically delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is at least as effective as face-to-face CBT”

EclinicalMedicine / The Lancet 2020

Online therapy simply involves your traditional face to face session but in the comfort of your own home (or workplace). It has been shown to be at least as effective as face-to-face sessions (Luo et al, 2020), but much easier to fit into your day, giving you more time to work on building that fulfilling life.

Working face-to-face I often find clients have to take 2-3hrs out of their day to attend. With today’s busy lives, sometimes this can increase stress. The ease and practical nature of a video call means no journey times to a clinic. Face-to-face sessions can be problematic for children too as they can end up missing lessons. However, without the travel time, online sessions can slot into free periods. Finally, with online appointments, adolescents moving to university do not need stop sessions at a particularly nerve-wracking time.

One of the things I love about online sessions are their interactive nature. The use of screen sharing means you and your psychologist can work easily together to build a diagrammatic understanding of negative cycles and traps occurring for you. It’s then also easy for you to take away the materials created so you can reflect on them afterwards.

A number of different therapies are covered by associates of MyOnlinePsychologist. These include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy (CfT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Dialectual Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Person centred-counselling
  • Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy

Although all of the above have a high evidence base to show their effectiveness, the range of therapies can be overwhelming and working out which is best for you can be difficult. Furthermore, many practitioners only specialise in a few. Therefore, using my knowledge of each, one of the aims of the initial call I have with you is to try to identify which therapy would be best for you, and then link you up with a psychologist well experienced in that therapeutic approach.

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recognised the world over as the go-to treatment for depression, anxiety disorders and stress. There is a wealth of gold standard research spanning decades to back this up. As such, it is the government’s NICE guidelines most recommended treatment for psychological difficulties. Further information about CBT can be found here but please do not hesitate to call me if you would simply like to find out more.

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a ‘Third wave’ CBT therapy. Many of the principles are based on CBT research. However, there are some key differences from CBT. ACT draws a lot from mindfulness. Some may say it is mindfulness but with a commitment to make a behavioural change – with this commitment key towards helping you move towards the life you wish to have. Like CBT, there is a large amount of research showing its effectiveness.

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I’ve tried to include the most common questions on my FAQ page. However, any questions, whether about therapy, how online treatment works, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.