Despite increasing awareness of mental health issues, many people struggle to access the appropriate treatment and therapies they need. Although the NHS does provide mental health services in the UK, patients may encounter lengthy wait times, and therefore worsening conditions, before they’re able to see a therapist.
How Does Online Therapy Work?
Much like a face-to-face session, online therapy enables you to connect with your therapist in a secure environment. You’ll have access to a network of qualified professionals and, once you’ve selected the therapist that you’d like to work with, you’ll be able to arrange an appointment time.
At your chosen time, you’ll be able to access therapy from the comfort of your own home (or office) via video link on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Although you’ll be able to conduct an online mental health session from anywhere, it is up to you to pick a time when you’ll be somewhere that you can talk privately and in confidence with your therapist. Secure video links, arranged via the Dr Julian app, ensure that your sessions remain completely confidential and inaccessible to third parties – meaning that you can sleep easy knowing that we don’t share your information with anyone else.
What are the Benefits of Online Therapy?
Whilst mental health treatment has traditionally been offered in a face-to-face setting, several studies have shown that remote healthcare can be just as effective in treating mental health complaints, especially if it means less time waiting to be seen. Several studies have found that both those receiving face-to-face therapy and those receiving online video therapy improved at around the same level, however those on a waiting list showed no improvement.
Research has also found that those receiving video therapy, compared with traditional face-to-face therapy, show higher levels of participation and trust; suggesting that clients feel more relaxed and therefore more ready to engage with treatment when using this method. Several meta-analyses also stress that video and/or online therapy is an up-and-coming way of making mental health treatment more accessible, and it is noted that over time it could replace face-to-face treatments altogether.
What can be treated via Online Therapy?
Almost any type of mental health problem can benefit from online therapy sessions. Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse and Schizophrenia are all common mental health conditions, and can respond well to treatment via remote therapy.
If individuals are approaching a mental health crisis, online therapy may be particularly beneficial, as it enables quick access to treatment with the same one-to-one interaction with a professional offered by traditional methods. In many cases, online therapy appointments can be arranged the same day, ensuring that people can access mental health services as and when they need to.
Is Online Therapy right for me?
There’s only one way to find out if online therapy suits your individual needs, and that is to try it for yourself. The Dr Julian app is free to download, and from there you can browse professionals and their specialisms with no obligation or commitments. It is only when you book and receive a session that you’ll be charged, with prices starting at £45, and from there it is up to you to decide if the service is right for you.
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Source: Dr julian