How Online CBT Works
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is recommended by counselors, therapists, and even psychiatrists to help patients combat mental health conditions.
Fortunately, thanks to advancements in technology, CBT is now more accessible to patients than ever. Patients can receive CBT online through a variety of channels and approaches depending on what best suits the patient’s lifestyle. Popular methods of conducting online CBT include one-on-one video call sessions and self-guided programs.
Like traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, internet-based CBT therapy begins with an extensive intake questionnaire. While questions may vary from provider to provider, the questionnaire will focus on understanding the patient’s mental health background, their reasons for seeking counseling, who they can lean on in their support system, and more. From there, a qualified mental health practitioner will review the responses to evaluate the patient’s unique needs and goals.
Online CBT is highly flexible, making it ideal for practices of all sizes and patients of all backgrounds. Depending on what works best for all parties, patients may be presented with a plan that involves a series of calls, typically consisting of 8-12 sessions. In other cases, the therapist may act as more of an educator as patients independently work through a highly structured plan without any one-on-one sessions.
Usually, a treatment plan consists of a mixture of guided sessions and independent work. Patients can expect to maintain a regular cadence with their therapist via messaging, calls, or live video chats. Outside of virtual meetings, the patient will complete assignments like worksheets or quizzes provided by the therapist.