e-Psychotherapy: the next generation of treatments

Abstract

Emotional distress is unlike any other complaint because the sufferer diagnoses it.

There are two modes of treatment: medication and psychotherapy. A large proportion of sufferers need psychotherapy. The demand for treatment is vast. Because of a shortage of suitably qualified therapists, most sufferers receive medication.

Where medication is used, it is associated with side effects and compliance is low. This causes poor client satisfaction and a renewed search for a better solution. New medications are constantly being introduced at ever increasing costs. Psychotherapy has developed popular therapies that are educational in nature.

The widely used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been computerized and found to be as effective as any other therapy in present use. It is now possible to mesh the psychotherapies that are educational in nature with the advances made in e-Learning. (Presentation, Immediacy, Openness, Interactivity, Data Storage, Tracking and Security) This white paper lays down the blueprint for e-Psychotherapy. The specifications cover:

  • Professional acceptability
  • User friendliness
  • Personalization
  • Client safety
  • Data security
  • Data management

e-Psychotherapy has the following advantages:

  • Efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Convenience
  • Intimacy
  • Enhances medication
  • Analysis of results

e-Psychotherapy, by being non labor intensive, can greatly reduce the cost of delivery. e-Psychotherapy will probably increase the use of medication, leading to savings in the costs of therapy.

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© Dr Michael Benjamin 2004-2007. All rights reserved.


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