Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014
Computerised CBT – how beneficial is it?
By Private Therapy Clinic
By Jem Joel – Private Therapy Clinic Psychotherapy Writer
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used to help a person change how they think about themselves, their world and others around them. It also tries to help them notice how the things that they do can affect their thoughts and feelings. This type of therapy deals with many types of problems – including depression, stress, and anxiety – by breaking down the individual’s problems into smaller parts and stopping negative thought cycles. This makes it easier for the person to see how the problems are connected and how it can affect them.
In usual circumstances, a patient undertaking CBT would be in a room, face-to-face with a therapist. However, a number of interactive software programs are now available to use. These replicate some of the functions of a personal CBT therapist. The individual will be given a computer programme to work through at home and use in their own time. Computerised CBT is not a replacement for face-to-face therapy; it simply provides an alternative for patients. This type of CBT also carries many benefits.
It allows the individual to be able to complete the sessions whenever they want. This avoids them having to leave the comfort of their own home as they can open and complete the sessions when they have spare time. It also means that they can go back to their completed sessions and look through what they have already achieved in the programme. Also, for people who are depressed and withdrawn, using CCBT can be extremely helpful as – for some patients – the prospect of having to speak to someone about their deepest problems may be off-putting. It can also be used to support therapist sessions, which may benefit the patient. However, the main advantage of CCBT is that it teaches patients practical long-life skills easily and effectively so that patients get better and stay better.
Overall, CCBT can be highly beneficial depending on the patient and what problems they may be going through. It can help the patient to manage their problems and make them less likely to have a negative effect on their life. There is always the risk that the bad feelings associated with their problem will return – but with their CBT skills it should be easier for them to control it.
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