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Anyone used online talking therapy and CBT?

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BatDuck

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My local talking therapies has referred me for online therapy and CBT. The whole service takes place in a private chat room via text based chat. I believe my local service offers this to everyone at first as access is quicker than face to face or telephone therapy and it is reported to be just as effective. This service is provided for free in my area, and I'm currently waiting to find out if I'm suitable after filling out an assessment form.
I don't know if I am allowed to name the service provider but they are listed on the NHS mental health apps library.
Has anyone else used an online therapy service and was it successful/helpful?
 
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Sorry no but I think its a good idea, for some at least. This because if you have soc anx or feel self conscious or dont feel like being outside that day-you dont have to.

Theres a lot of pressure gone. That said if you want to have a reason to be up and out that day and a little people contact, you may miss out. Plus they can keep an eye on you too, see how you are doing in yourself, without words.

If it was real time messaging, how much easier is that than talking face to face?

I think this would work great as a second part to therapy, like 8 sessions real and 8 online, once progress is being made. It would wean people off too.
 
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I've been doing online therapy for almost 2 years. I've gotten a lot out of it. I've had two therapists. They've really been good. I chat with my T 5 days a week twice a day. Well, it's posting messages and getting a response. I could have chat sessions but I chose not to have that option. I've learned CBT techniques, mindfulness and how to be a better friend to myself. I wish you success with your experience.
 
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I've been doing online therapy for almost 2 years. I've gotten a lot out of it. I've had two therapists. They've really been good. I chat with my T 5 days a week twice a day. Well, it's posting messages and getting a response. I could have chat sessions but I chose not to have that option. I've learned CBT techniques, mindfulness and how to be a better friend to myself. I wish you success with your experience.
Your therapy sounds much more indepth than what I receive, but I guess that's the NHS restrictions in funding. I get one 1 hour session a week, but I can message my therapist outside of sessions. Plus I can read back copies of our sessions at my leisure, and my therapist sends me additional reading if he thinks it will help.

I get that what I'm recieving has its limitations, but I've only just had my third session and I'm already seeing small benefits from it.

Studies suggest that's this form of therapy has higher recovery and improvement rates than traditional therapy, but recovery times can be quicker. There's apparently no limit to the number of sessions (unlike the 6 to 12 face to face sessions) but the average is apparently 4 to 12. On the plus side it apparently saves the NHS approx £500 per patient over the course of the therapy. (Apologies, I don't mean to sound like an advert).

I think if your offered online therapy (not sure I'm allowed to name the provider) then it's worth a try.
 
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I did online therapy a few years ago while having my relationship slowly fall apart. It was the type that you post a message and the therapist gets back to you later that day or the next. In the US I paid $147/month for it. I felt like it helped, I had no one to talk to about everything going on in my life and it was someone who would listen and respond with good but somewhat vague advice (although I feel all therapists are vague). The only reason I have not signed back up for it, other than the cost, is I don't feel the therapists with that company where really equipped for mental illness more just life events.
 
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I have never heard of this option! I think it’s great tho being able to have it so you can talk from the comfort of your own home, I feel like this would be helpful for me as I often am too nervous to talk about certain things that are bothering me. And feel like it would take shorter lengths of time to get things off my chest.
Also as I suffer with social anxiety, going out to a therapy session is still pushing myself and receiving help at the same time which I find quite useful.
Sounds like you find this quite useful which is good to hear and hopefully very beneficial in your recovery.
How do you receive this help? Is it a clinics private thing they do or is it part of the nhs? Or part of a big business?
 
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I have never heard of this option! I think it’s great tho being able to have it so you can talk from the comfort of your own home, I feel like this would be helpful for me as I often am too nervous to talk about certain things that are bothering me. And feel like it would take shorter lengths of time to get things off my chest.
Also as I suffer with social anxiety, going out to a therapy session is still pushing myself and receiving help at the same time which I find quite useful.
Sounds like you find this quite useful which is good to hear and hopefully very beneficial in your recovery.
How do you receive this help? Is it a clinics private thing they do or is it part of the nhs? Or part of a big business?
Hi AnxiousHan,

I received the service on the NHS, as far as I know they only do really do CBT but they do it for a number of conditions including insomnia. It was run via my local mental health services, and they transferred me to the online service as the wait time was much shorter. The provider is national, although it's not available on the NHS in all areas of the UK, according to their website it should be available in your area:
ieso digital health

If you are eligible I hope you find it useful. :hug:
 
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