Counseling Over the Phone As Effective As In Person Says Study

Psychology Today recently published an article saying that a recent study concluded that phone sessions are as effective as face to face counseling. You can find the article here and part of it is cut and pasted below.

We here at Compulsion Solutions specialize in phone and Skype sessions with incredible results so this news was no surprise. We find that our clients prefer phone sessions to help them with their sex and porn addictions for two reasons:
1. they know they are getting the expert therapy, counseling, or coaching they need; and
2. they get it at their convenience in private. Phone sessions work great for clients who are motivated and driven to better themselves. Phone sessions for  also work wonders for someone who does not have access to an expert like our own George Collins or can’t find someone who works with a particular modality.

Clients don’t have to drive anywhere and wait in a waiting room for their session – all payments are handled electronically so it’s easy to get that out of the way before the session. It’s good for the environment too, no wasted gas back and forth. Think of the time you save and dedicate to living your life.

Tips for Phone and Skype Sessions

If you are about to start phone sessions for the first time, here are some tips to make sure you are ready to maximize the time spent with your counselor or coach.

  1. Find some space where you won’t be interrupted and it’s quiet. Loud noises like traffic can wreak havoc on a phone session.
  2. If you are using a cell phone, make sure you have a headset, aren’t driving, and are in a location that has good reception. Nothing like a dropped call to kill the momentum.
  3. Have a pen, paper, or computer ready to take notes. Our sessions our intense and our clients have homework. Notes are a critical way to capture key learnings so be prepared.
The study did not address specifically the efficacy of sex addiction talk therapy, however, it did find “that for all but an infrequent, identifiable clinical group with more severe illness, therapy over the phone was as effective as face to face.”

For Most People, Phone Therapy as Effective as Face-to-Face

By Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 29, 2012

A new study in England reveals that for most people, cognitive therapy over the phone is just as effective as meeting with a psychotherapist face-to-face.

Researchers also found that providing talk therapy over the phone increases access to psychological services for people with common mental disorders, while at the same time saving money.

The researchers analyzed data from 39,000 patients in the east of England who participate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services, an initiative that aims to expand the availability of psychological therapies.

The researchers, who compared cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) delivered face-to-face versus over the phone, found that for all but an infrequent, identifiable clinical group with more severe illness, therapy over the phone was as effective as face to face.

The cost per session was also significantly lower — about 36 percent less than the face-to-face cost.

The researchers note that many patients may be unable to access mental health services because of transportation issues, work commitments or physical disability. Increasing the availability of talk therapies over the phone make mental health services more accessible to patients.

“Providing therapy over the phone will not only help individuals gain much-needed access to mental health treatment, it will provide a more cost-effective way of providing these services at a time when everyone is concerned about cutting costs,” said Peter Jones, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study from the University of Cambridge.

Mental illnesses affect one in four adults in Britain every year, the researchers said, noting that Britain’s National Health Service spends more on mental health than it does on cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma put together. General practitioners in the UK spend more than a third of their time on mental health issues.

Collaborating on the study were researchers from the University of Cambridge, the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care, and NHS Midlands & East.

The research was published in the journal PLoS ONE.


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