Computerized cognitive–behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression: a practical solution to the shortage of trained therapists


S. van den Berg 19 Rosebery Street Fisher ACT, 2611 Australia


Computerized cognitive–behaviour therapy (CCBT) programmes have been developed to help meet the enormous need for evidence-based psychological treatment of common mental health problems in the context of a severe shortage of trained therapists to meet that need. Randomized controlled trials have confirmed the efficacy of such programmes. We present the experience of a community mental health team (CMHT) resource centre with one such programme, Beating the Blues, together with outcome data on a small sample of its clients. We conclude that experience and data, taken together, demonstrate the practical benefits of CCBT in routine practice.