what is online therapy?
Written by Sylvia Buet
Created: 23 September 2013
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, via Skype or in in-person, is an active type of psychotherapy, whereby the client and practitioner talk, act and work together to achieve agreed upon therapeutic goals. Clients can expect to work actively within each session, as well as to receive guided assignments to be completed between sessions. These between-session assignments may include behavioural exercises and/or reading.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy highlights the fact that it is our beliefs, interpretations, and perceptions of life events that determine our feelings, moods and ultimately, our actions.
Therefore, a universal goal of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is to help people identify, understand, and modify their belief systems and their self-defeating behaviours in order to function more effectively and happily.
Different therapists work from differing theoretical approaches. The three main approaches are psychodynamic, person-centred and Cognitive Behavioural. Many address, on some level, how childhood learning about emotions, power and intimacy influence current functioning. Some focus more on solving problems here and now, some focus more on behaviours; some focus more on thinking and some focus more on emotions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy examines three elements, which are emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns and the interaction with each other related to current problems you may be experiencing.
With the new technological advancements, CBT can be effectively delivered online via Skype or VSee. While there are more than 20 types of CBT approaches, we offer Online Therapy for the 3 main CBT models: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Beck's model), Rational Emotive Behavioural therapy (Ellis' model) and Metacognitive therapy (Wells' model).
All CBT treatments, when applied by an experienced CBT therapist, have a good chance of improving people's difficulties and helping them achieve specific changes or goals. Our CBT interventions are firmly based on scientific research. They are effective, often in a brief period of time and usually focus on current situations rather than past ones.
CBT, in whatever modality, online or face to face, REBT, CT or Metacognitive therapy, is used to help people change self-defeating or unhealthy thinking patterns and behaviours to more adaptive ones. It is also used to treat many kinds of problems, for example, to improve your skills and/or change unhealthy coping mechanisms associated with excessive worry or ruminations. Some of the situations where Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatments have been successful include helping someone to feel less depressed or anxious, to worry less, to cope with obsessions, to be more assertive and confident and to recover from a relationship break-up.