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 online counselling, 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.
What therapy is provided?
Our online counselling 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 is cognitive behavioural therapy, otherwise known as CBT. This is a widely-used, evidence-based talking therapy that is recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (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.
Who is online counselling for?
Online counselling 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. 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.
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.
If you would prefer to see a therapist face to face, then please click below to find your nearest Priory location.