Online consultation and counselling

Technology and mental health

In a fast paced lifestyle today, with psychological conflicts on the rise, limited time for oneself and restricted accessibility to quality psychological services; online counselling has found its place to heal people in the comfort of their homes or offices without having to travel from one place to another. Online counsellingas the name suggests is the provision of professional mental health counselling services via the Internet and telephone.A counselling service of this nature is adept with an individual’s need to retain confidentiality. It is a direct medium between the counsellor (or therapist) and the client. In India with the social taboo, the stigma of mental health and the reluctance to visit a mental health professional, the use of technology to provide web based counselling, e-therapy, online counselling and cyber counselling; are excellent opportunities that bridge the gap between the need and the availability of solutions to problems.

Traditional vs. online cognitive behaviour therapy: TACD

For years, psychological disciplines have developed and refined face-to-face counselling methods. The emergence of Technology Assisted Distance Counselling (TACD) brings exciting possibilities for new ways of support. While face-to-face interface seems acceptable to most people, the advantages of online therapy sessions cannot be undermined. The comfort of a non-threatening and familiar environment, subtracting time lost in travel, and the establishment of protocols to see the therapist withwell-planned appointments defines the MINDFRAMES’ cutting edge in providing online counselling options.

Changing trends in the world

Corporatization of mental health services abroad has made it increasingly difficult for the appropriate service to reach the person who actually requires it. There are long waiting lists and queues for appointments with mental health professionals. In India the situation is different; yet similar in the regard that the service fails to reach the one in need due to the social taboo, the attached stigma of mental health and the reluctance to visit a mental health professional. In such a scenario, the use of technology to provide web based counseling, e-therapy, online counseling and cyber counseling; are excellent opportunities that bridge the gap between the need and the availability of solutions to problems.

How we do E-Counselling?

At MINDFRAMES thecounsellor or psychotherapist talks with the client over the telephone or Internet, to give professional service. It could be one single question, or an ongoing conversation; it could be by e-mail, chat, and Internet phone as well as video conferencing. It may also involve an interactive flash based program with assessment as well as instant reporting and analysis of mental status. E-therapy is a viable alternative source of help. It is effective, private and confidential. At our setupskilled, qualified and ethical professionals conduct it, which makes it reliable.

What we expect from our clients and patients

We use web-based approaches when the client is cognitively capable of adhering to the therapy paradigm. We do assessments prior to initiating the therapy process to gauge what kind of approach you need. Anxiety, panic, phobias, eating disorders, depression, drug use, children’s problems, relationship problems; all can significantly benefit with web based approaches wherein weprovide education, information and communication. We offer cognitive homework wherein after the therapy session, we recommend you to monitor on your thoughts and emptions and this forms the basis of the discussion in the next session For instance we ask you chart emotions, pinpoint anger bouts, assess when you smoked or times when you had a breakdown. This helps us get a structured view of the predicament.

Online therapy approaches

Online options today are beyond count on fingers. Technology has eased ways to connect with people at any part of the world.

  • Email and written communication
  • Dynamic active video conferences
  • Online dynamic interactive chats
  • Telephonic discussions and chats
  • Instant messaging the therapist
  • Cognitive homework duly filled in
  • Emotion-thought-behaviour logs
  • Graphic analysis and monitoring

Specific conditions

Studies have repeatedly assessed the success of online cognitive counseling and demonstrated their triumph in psychological conditions.

  • Sadness and depressive disorder
  • Generalized worry and anxieties
  • Work related pressure and stress
  • Relational conflicts and problems
  • Smoking and tobacco addictions
  • Eating disorders (psychological)
  • Parent education online portals

Search for meaning

It is wise to know the truth about emotions and approach the right professionals for help. Through the sessions we drive you to believe:

  • You control your own emotions
  • You alone can change yourself
  • Sooner you change, better it is
  • Happiness comes from within us
  • The environment role is minimal

Why online

It is hardly even needed to explicate advantages of online counseling. The benefits here are numerous:

  • Therapy in the comfort of a home
  • Session in a familiar environment
  • Saving the travel time to a clinic
  • Saving wait time and clinic delay
  • Ongoing online therapist contact