Whether it’s an app that tracks your moods or counselling via messaging, digital therapy can be a quick and efficient way to boost your mental health. reports
Whenever 23-year-old student Elizabeth Neil worried about finding work after her finals, her throat closed and her chest filled with a thousand butterflies. Faced with such crippling panic, she found solace not in the kindness of strangers but in the anonymity of a computer.
‘Sitting with random people in group therapy, who kept chipping in with unhelpful opinions as I divulged the history of my anxiety, left me seething rather than calm,’ remembers Elizabeth. ‘I had to rush home from university every Tuesday to attend the sessions, when all I wanted to do was chill out in front of the TV.
‘There was a six-month waiting list to see a therapist one-to-one, so when my GP suggested I do an online course of cognitive behavioural therapy, centred on practical solutions rather than talking, I thought, “Why not?” I could log on to the weekly modules with Therapy For You [an NHS initiative] in my pyjamas on the sofa and watch a 90-minute video that helped me understand that there’s a difference between opinion and fact; that my feelings influence my thoughts and subsequently my actions.’ A month on from finishing the course, Elizabeth hadn’t had palpitations once.
Online therapy courses such as the one Elizabeth took are the