Cognitive–behavioural therapy via videoconferencing to a rural area
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 62–64, February 2001
How to Cite
Cowain, T. (2001), Cognitive–behavioural therapy via videoconferencing to a rural area. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 35: 62–64. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1614.2001.00853.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
- cognitive-behavioural therapy;
- rural patient;
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.