Many hypnotherapists and therapists have moved to providing online sessions of hypnotherapy or counselling. It keeps clients and therapists safe, reduces parents’ stress having to find childcare, cuts down driving time, and generally creates a more relaxed atmosphere. An added bonus of online services is that you aren’t restricted to seeing a therapist online UK resident only.
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An online therapist can really help with a person’s ability to feel more relaxed in his or her living environment. Now there is indeed scientific evidence that online therapy may be more effective than in-person therapy, specifically cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression. I provide online sessions for hypnotherapy and CBT.
CBT is a type of talk therapy that is goal-oriented and short-term. In CBT sessions, you learn how to identify and then change your ways of thinking and self-talk, or “cognitive distortions.” Two important CBT interventions include your therapist assigning “homework” for you to do between sessions, and role-playing an anxiety-provoking social interaction. Research has found that CBT leads to significant improvement for a whole range of mental health issues. Many therapists in the UK are now providing both hypnotherapy and CBT online rather than in the office. There is good news in that a CBT therapist online may be even more effective than face-to-face CBT.
A systematic review and analysis of 17 studies by Luo et. al (2020) found that electronically-delivered CBT (eCBT) was more effective than face-to-face CBT at reducing the severity of depression symptoms. The rate of satisfaction was the same for both face-to-face CBT and eCBT in the studies, and eCBT was viewed as being more cost-effective than face-to-face CBT.
Another systematic review of studies regarding eCBT found that it caused significant decreases in anxiety and depression symptoms (Gratzer & Khalid-Khan, 2016). Overall, reductions in anxiety and depression symptoms with a therapist online, UK and internationally, were equal to or better than face-to-face CBT results. An onlone therapist was found to be just as effective as face-to-face treatment for panic disorder. eCBT was also found to be significantly effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobia as compared to people in a wait-listed group.
In yet another systematic review of 14 studies by Andersson et al. (2018) found that online CBT led to a 50% improvement rate in symptoms of panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, compulsive gambling disorder, stress, and chronic fatigue. The duration of treatment was from eight to fifteen weeks.
A therapist online can of course reach people in remote areas. It can also decrease therapy-related costs, such as childcare, parking, and travel time. In addition, depression can cause difficulties with motivation and the ability to attend appointments face-to-face. An online therapist creates fewer hurdles for people with depression to attend treatment.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means that a therapist online, UK provider can give you help you are seeking and may indeed be just as, if not more, effective than going to see a therapist in person. So if you were concerned online therapy wouldn’t be as effective, rest assured that you will still get the same opportunity to discuss issues and find solutions. You may hear a dog barking in the background occasionally and there may be some tech glitches, but you may have an even better experience than in person.
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