Our expert says:
It'd be excellent, and there have indeed been research projects showing that for some basic applications, such as anxiety and depression, on-line administration works well. I think one Dept of Psychiatriy in the UK sells DVDs of a self-help version.
One hopeful development is further studies into both training less highly qualified people, nurses, and even nursing aides, to administer routine CBT, which seems to be effective if they are properly trained and work to properly organized schedules ; and also using CBT in groups ( which obviously increases availability and lowers costs ).
One reason I punt CBT, and remain consistently scornful about psychoanalytically-oriented "therapy" is that while the first has been shown in a goo deal of good research to be egfective and with lasting benefits, in around 10 sessions, the latter has NEVER been shown in ANY good research to be effective, and can last for years at enormous cost.
There are some useful self-help books in this format which one might try. Some have been tested and found to be effective. They won't achieve everything one might manage with personal CBT tailored to your specific needs, but they are a lot more useful than nothing, in the meantime
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