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Computer-Assisted Psychotherapy

  1. Jesse H. Wright1,
  2. Marina Katz2,
  3. Rebecca L. Tamas3

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0211

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Wright, J. H., Katz, M. and Tamas, R. L. 2010. Computer-Assisted Psychotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Louisville School of Medicine

  2. 2

    San Diego, CA

  3. 3

    University of Louisville School of Medicine

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Computer-assisted psychotherapy (CAT) can be defined as psychotherapy that utilizes a computer program to deliver a significant part of the treatment or uses computer tools to assist the work of the therapist. Clinician involvement usually includes screening, supervision, and support of program uses, and it may, in some applications, involve an integrated human-computer “team” method of delivery. The amount of therapist time spent in CAT has varied in different studies, but is typically reduced considerably from the amounts used in standard psychotherapy.


  • psychotherapy;
  • technology;
  • computer therapy