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Technology-assisted therapy

Sep 21, 2021
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Computer therapy is the use of computers to directly deliver certain aspects of psychotherapy or behavioral therapy to patients through a computer program or the Internet.

The psychotherapeutic use of computers has attracted the interest of many researchers looking for innovative ways to integrate technology into clinical practice. Commonly used CAT techniques are multimedia applications that use video, audio, and interactive exercises to convey treatment concepts and develop coping skills. Mobile devices encourage patients to control themselves and use behavioral techniques to treat their symptoms.

The ability to provide some form of behavioral therapy with computers could be a small revolution in mental health care. While early research on the effectiveness of these approaches has yielded mixed results, this new strategy offers tremendous opportunities to provide empirically validated treatment for many people who do not have access to mental health care, increasing physicians, time and experience, and better care and provides treatment.

Because of its flexibility, computer therapy can be used in many ways to improve and expand psychotherapy.

  1. Extending the benefits of treatment
  2. Connecting the supply systems
  3. Behavioral platforms
  4. Prevention / introduction of mild cases into treatment

Technology-assisted mental health services can also serve important purposes, including:

  • Provide access to mental health services in rural and remote areas where personal services are not available or inaccessible due to remote areas.
  • Prevents those who are stuck in their homes or who do not have the necessary means of transportation to go to the office to access the necessary mental health services.
  • You can make treatment easier and more comfortable and increase the likelihood that people will seek treatment.
  • Allow continuous care if the client leaves the care provider.
  • Allows clients to access certain special treatments that are not available locally.

The effectiveness of TAP has been demonstrated in several tests


  1. Technology can make it easier to effectively assess depression using standardized scales or simple daily mood surveys.
  2. Technology tools can be used to send semi-automatic daily reminders to help clients develop more adaptive thinking or action habits.
  3. Clients can solve their problems through therapeutic dialogue, either in person or over the phone
  4. Clients can use written assignments to identify, name, discover, and express their thoughts and feelings. These written assignments can be completed on paper, e-mail, or online forms.
  5. Clients value the relationship with the therapist, and this relationship seems important in terms of interaction and adherence to therapy.
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