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What Makes Internet Therapy Work? – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy


Internet therapy is a novel treatment approach that is used to deliver cognitive behaviour therapy. Treatment components are mainly delivered in the form of texts presented via webpages, and support is provided via e-mail. A growing number of controlled trials suggest that Internet therapy works well when

  • (a) a proper diagnosis is made before the treatment starts,
  • (b) a comprehensive treatment is provided, (c) the treatment is user friendly and not overly technically advanced, and
  • (d) support and a clear deadline are provided for the duration of the treatment.

Several issues remain for exploration in future research, such as mediating and moderating mechanisms and the role of tailoring the intervention.

via Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Vol 38, No S1, pp. 55–60, 2009


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This entry was posted on October 28, 2012 by in Health, Science and tagged , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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