Here at Your Mind Therapy, we specialise in offering CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Although based in Birmingham, we offer online CBT therapy to clients across the UK. Whilst the pandemic has meant our mental health has likely taken a hit, one benefit has been the increased availability of online services, including the ability to talk to a mental health counsellor online.
Many counsellors are now offering services online as well as offline. Whilst some still value face-to-face appointments, online CBT therapy is now more accessible in this way. If you are thinking about accessing CBT therapy online, there are many benefits. Firstly, whether you are based in Birmingham or not, accessing therapy online means you save time, and possibly money, as you don’t have to travel anywhere, beyond finding a quiet, private space of your own. You can make yourself a cup of tea to sip during the session, in the comfort of your home, and you can also make sure to take some time after the session to decompress and reflect, or distract yourself before continuing with your day, whether you are able to take a warm bath, or have a few minutes reading a magazine.
CBT has been proven to help those suffering from anxiety and depression, as it works to change the cycle that links thoughts to behaviour. Over a third (37.4%) of adults in Great Britain said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected their well-being between 3 April and 10 May 2020. There was a marked increase in anxiety at the beginning of the pandemic, as between 20 and 30 March 2020 almost half (49.6%) of people reported high anxiety. Levels of depression also doubled during the pandemic (Office of National Statistics). Given how common anxiety and depression can be, you may be wondering when to seek help. Whilst there is no rule to this and anyone should be able to access mental health support, if your feelings of anxiety and depression are impacting on your ability to function well, whether at work or in relationships, or preventing you from leading a fulfilling life, it may be time to get some professional help from a therapist.
Whilst medication can help some with anxiety and depression, it has been shown that it works best along with some kind of talking therapy. CBT is a talking therapy that looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. As well as talking about any issues you may be having, the focus is to challenge the thought distortions that are likely to occur when experiencing anxiety and depression, with the goal to improve emotional regulation, and develop unique coping strategies to practically deal with your difficulties. The therapy is just as affective delivered online as it is in-person, and provides a preferable opportunity for access to these services for those who may have long term physical health issues, which are so often connected with experiences of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
To find out more about our online CBT services, please get in touch and we will be pleased to assist you in any way we can.