Online CBT Therapy
Online CBT and Online Therapy have been shown to be as effective as in person CBT Therapy meetings. I’ll repeat that – Online CBT or Video CBT is absolutely as effective as traditional in office CBT when working with Anxiety and / or Depression. This is especially helpful news in light of Covid-19.
You can be rest assured that CBT, so long as provided by an appropriately qualified CBT Therapist, with additional training and experience working online is likely to be very helpful and hopefully life changing for you. In this post, I will do my best to answer the questions which are most frequently asked about Online CBT. Please feel free to email me with any additional questions.
Can I try a Free Online CBT Session to see if it can help me without having to spend any money or use any of my private insurance sessions?
Any CBT Therapist worth working with should be willing to offer you a no pressure / no cost CBT Test Drive meeting to see if working together as well as the medium of Video is a good fit for you.
How does Online CBT work?
Online CBT Takes place using video teleconferencing apps such as Zoom, Web-Ex, or Doxy.me. Please let any provider know if you have a preference of app. FB Messenger, WhatsApp Messenger should never be used because of concerns regarding user data.
How long do Online CBT sessions last?
Just like face to face sessions, Online CBT sessions last between 50 and 60 minutes.
Is Online CBT as effective as Traditional CBT which takes place in an office?
Absolutely Yes. Evidence has clearly shown that Online CBT is as effective as Office Based CBT. In my own clinical experience, I have found Online CBT to be far more effective.
Are there any advantages to Online CBT over Traditional CBT?
Yes. Online CBT allows you to have sessions wherever you are in the world. This allows you greater flexibility to continue with sessions regardless of where you happen to be. Another key advantage is that at the end of a session you are not thrown into ‘commuting mode’ with a rapid adjustment from a tranquil therapy space to real life. This extra time allows for further reflection which will help you to consolidate any gains made.
What should I look for when searching for an Online CBT Therapist?
First it is important that any CBT Therapist is fully accredited with the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies). Full Accreditation by the BABCP is the only therapy organization specifically dedicated to the promotion of safe and effective CBT practice. Technically anyone can say that they practice CBT but only BABCP Fully Accredited CBT Therapists are considered to have achieved the necessary knowledge and experience to practice independently as a CBT Therapist. It is for this reason that the NHS will only hire CBT Therapists that are BABCP Accredited.
Second, it is vital that any therapist you work with has received specific training in providing therapy online and working through video. You would want to know where he/she received specialist training in online / video working.
Third, you should ask how many years a potential CBT Therapist has worked through Video. Someone who has only just started to work through video because of the Covid-19 outbreak is not likely to be as effective (through video) as someone who has been delivering Online CBT for many years. The last thing you want is a stressed out therapist who isn’t comfortable with the technology trying to help you. The focus needs to be all on you and helping you get what you need as soon as possible.