Online Cognitive-Based Therapy As Effective As Traditional Therapy Sessions

By November 12, 2020 December 15th, 2020 News

An examination of more than 5,000 patients at Brigham Young University uncovered that online cognitive-based therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy. The findings were released in Psychotherapy Research.

The study was considered to be the largest of its kind, offering online cognitive-based therapy to treat mild-to-moderate symptoms in patients using a typically similar routine as traditional therapy.

According to researchers, the online cognitive-based therapy sessions were in no way different from in-person therapy, with symptoms of anxiety and depression improving among patients with either form of intervention.

“Whether you were doing an internet-delivered program, in-person therapy or a combination of both, there were no significant differences in outcome,” said Meredith Pescatello, co-author of the study, in a press release.

“Programs like SilverCloud are a great first exposure to therapy for people wondering, What would therapy look like for me? Just having a simple positive interaction in the mental health world can help de-stigmatize it,” Pescatello suggested.

Such self-help programs like SilverCloud, for instance, researchers stated could free up counseling centers by quick interventions and leave the in-person care for patients with more severe symptoms. Several studies have been released demonstrating similar results: online-based therapy sessions are in fact effective.