Traditionally, psychotherapy has been conducted almost exclusively through physical meetings, where the client and therapist meet in a reception room and have conversations. In recent times, with the advent of technology, this has changed.
Distance therapy has been conducted first by telephone, and more recently via video calls over the Internet. Being able to meet a psychologist online has now become much more common. The advantage of meeting a psychologist online is that it does not matter where you are and that you do not have to travel to a clinic.
For almost a year now, you can meet a psychologist online at My Doctor. Our psychologists treat with CBT, cognitive behavioral therapy. Several studies show that CBT online is comparable to meeting the psychologist via a physical meeting.
The physical encounter with a therapist has long been seen as an important part of psychological treatment. But research shows that cognitive-behavioral therapy, CBT, works at least as well online.
– The comparative studies that exist indicate that common problems such as depression and anxiety are treated as effectively digitally as in physical meetings. As a patient, it is probably more important to choose the type of contact that feels good, and where one as a patient believes he or she has the opportunity to complete the entire treatment.
Easier to complete the entire treatment
If you feel unwell, stressed, or have difficulty sleeping, you may need to seek help to overcome your problems. CBT means that you gradually change how you feel and behave. For many, it is a challenge to complete their treatment, which can be facilitated when the treatment takes place online.
– Simplified, you can say that the most important thing about a treatment is that you carry it out. CBT online is flexible, you can see the psychologist no matter where you are, which suits some very well.
Closer contact online
Studies also show that patients and therapists have an equally good relationship regardless of whether their meetings take place physically or online. Another advantage is that you can have contacted more often if you are seen online. Other strengths are that psychologists feel that it is easier to follow the treatment protocol.
– Just like in any other treatment, there is a treatment protocol in psychology and CBT, a kind of manual for how the psychologist should deal with a certain type of problem. In psychology, a fairly well-known problem is that one deviates from the protocol, perhaps because the patient wants to talk about something else. In CBT online, the psychologist gets help on the run to stick to the protocol, which has a good effect on the patient’s mood.
Benefits of online therapy
In addition to the results above, additional benefits of online therapy are, for example, that the threshold for starting the therapy is significantly lower. And that people with social problems (for example social phobia ) get access to psychologist talks they would otherwise have difficulty starting or completing.
Further development of the concept of meeting a psychologist online is message therapy. Instead of having video meetings, you can use a chat client to write with your therapist.
Today, many are more accustomed to communicating through writing through the use of social media. And therefore it can also feel more natural to use this medium also in conversations with a psychologist.
In message therapy, the client writes messages to the psychologist who then responds. This form of therapy thus becomes more flexible than traditional therapy with physical meetings.