What is Online Therapy?
Online therapy is a convenient and time-effective option for accessing mental health treatment. You speak with your therapist over the internet via a live video call rather than face-to-face, which means you have the ability to participate in sessions anywhere you like. This removes the need to travel to a physical location. With Priory Connect, you can begin treatment more quickly than you would with traditional therapy, as we can schedule your first appointment within days.
How does online therapy work?
Getting therapy online allows you to communicate with a licensed therapist via your mobile, laptop or tablet. You undergo talking therapy in the same way as you would in person, working with your therapist to overcome your specific mental health challenges and receiving regular feedback on your progress.
With Priory Connect, simply download the Connect My Health app and set up your account to get started.
Who is online counselling for?
Online therapy is suitable for people aged 18 years or older, who require treatment for a range of mild to moderate mental health conditions. The common mental health conditions that we treat include depression, stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders.
It’s important to understand that you don’t need to be at ‘rock bottom’ to receive support for your mental health through Priory Connect. We’re also here for you if you would simply like to talk to a compassionate professional about things that are going on in your life. For example:
- Have things been worrying or bothering you lately?
- Do you feel like you may need to learn some coping techniques to deal with situations in your life?
- Is there something that has happened in your past that you think is affecting you currently that you’d like to talk through?
- Are you struggling to enjoy things like you used to?
Alternatively, it may be that you are new to therapy and would like to try online therapy as a starting point. Equally, you may have received mental health treatment in the past and would just like to consolidate the techniques you learned then.
In addition, we're committed to supporting students with their mental health, which is why we're currently offering 25% off our online therapy service for students.
We are here to help and remember, you don’t need to be struggling with a diagnosed mental health condition to receive treatment with us. We can provide ongoing support to maintain your mental health, prevent smaller issues from potentially getting worse, and improve your overall wellbeing.
If you are in crisis with your mental health, then online therapy won’t be the best fit for you. For more information on where to turn if you need urgent mental health support, please visit our crisis support page.
What therapy is provided?
Our online therapy service offers a wide range of therapies to help support you with managing your mental health and wellbeing. One of the therapies that we provide via Priory Connect is cognitive behavioural therapy, otherwise known as CBT. This is a widely-used, evidence-based talking therapy that is recommended by NICE guidelines to treat various common mental health problems and behavioural conditions. CBT focuses on how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours, with your therapist setting practical tasks designed to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs. This helps you to develop healthier thinking patterns, to better manage problems and potentially difficult situations.
As well as CBT, our highly trained, integrative therapists are also able to deliver the following therapy types:
- CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E)
- Trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Person centred therapy (PCT)
- Gestalt therapy
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Schema therapy
- Humanistic therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
- Addictions counselling therapy
Priory Connect provides effective treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Health anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Panic disorder
- Eating disorders
- Drug and alcohol addictions
We can also help you with other issues going on in your life, or anything that’s causing you to experience difficulties or negative emotions. These may be issues relating to:
- Life stress
- Workplace stress
- Low mood
- Relationships and conflict
- Grief and bereavement
- LGBTQIA+ issues
- Trust issues
How much does Online Therapy Cost?
For self-pay clients, each therapy session with Priory Connect costs £124. This can be paid directly through the Connect My Health app in the 'payment' section when you're booking your appointments.
We are currently offering a 25% discount for all students who wish to access online counselling and psychotherapy with us. The 25% discount will be applied to the listed price of £124 per session, and offered for up to four sessions. To redeem this discount, you'll need to enter the promo code STUDENT21/22 in the 'payment' section of the app.