Cognitive–behavioural therapy via videoconferencing to a rural area


  • Taryn Cowain

TarynCowain PsychiatristRural and Remote Mental Health Service, Glenside Hospital, PO Box 17, Eastwood, South Australia 5063, Australia. Email:


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.