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Keywords:

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy;
  • rural patient;
  • videoconferencing

Objective: This case report describes the use of cognitive–behavioural therapy via two-way, interactive audiovisual videoconferencing and identifies issues involved in using this form of technology to provide therapy.

Clinical picture: A 38-year-old married woman living in rural South Australia presented with panic disorder with agoraphobia and major depression. The patient had refused antidepressant treatment.

Treatment: The patient was treated with 12 sessions of cognitive–behavioural therapy delivered via videoconferencing.

Outcome: Anxiety and depressive symptoms resolved with concomitant improvement in function.

Conclusions: Providing this form of therapy via videoconferencing can be effective.