Getting therapy and counselling for anxiety or depression doesn’t always involve having to visit an office or location somewhere to talk to a complete stranger face-to-face. An exciting area of development is that psychological therapy can now be provided online. It is possible to receive therapy for a range of problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression, in the comfort of your own home. The online solutions are delivered through a range of devices, including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.
This kind of help isn’t for everyone. Some people will always prefer the face-to-face contact with another human being. However, there will be many people who really like the idea of logging into a computer platform to work through a series of tried and tested strategies that will help them to overcome their difficulties.
The good news is that research is starting to accumulate that the newer types of online therapies are often just as effective as those delivered by a person. The best kind of online programmes include lots of information, video presentations and interactive learning. Whilst the person works their way through, a trained therapist also provides extra online support and advice as required. A real-life human element is still present within the systems that work best.
The obvious benefits of this kind of therapy are that it is something that can be arranged quickly and it is particularly helpful for people who can’t attend therapy sessions in person, maybe because of work commitments, difficulties in sorting child-care, or tricky travel arrangements. This approach is opening up a whole new range of options for helping people with mental health difficulties.
Outlook South West now has a range of free NHS online therapy solutions. If you are interested in finding if online therapy for stress, anxiety or depression is right for you, phone (01208) 871905 or register online – [HERE]