What is iCBT?
iCBT (internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy) is a virtual, self-guided, practical, structured, short-term form of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
- This clinically-proven method uses mental exercises that challenge unhelpful beliefs and, in turn, teach effective behaviours for dealing with anxiety, depression, or other emotional or mental health challenges.
- Highly successful and proven to show quick results. iCBT is clinically proven to help resolve common mental health concerns, like mild to moderate cases of anxiety and depression.
iCBT provides therapy practices to your employees anytime, anywhere, with the ability to allow employees to access services autonomously and on their own terms. Gone are the days of having to wait for days, weeks, or even months to consult with a therapist and get the help you or your staff members need, all thanks to its online, self-paced, 24/7 availability.
How is iCBT different from other forms of therapy?
Traditional therapy is a main staple in many organizations’ mental health programs, but there are many advantages that iCBT offers that aren’t provided through traditional forms of therapy. The main difference, however, is that employees have the option of addressing and managing their own mental health support, rather than relying on a healthcare professional.
By providing iCBT services to your employees, you’re opening doors for more of your employees to feel comfortable getting the help they need. Mental health initiatives have become increasingly more widespread within organizations, however, there is unfortunately still a stigma attached to the idea of seeking help for mental health issues. This can deter employees from speaking to a therapist live and in-person. iCBT offers the opportunity for employees who are hesitant to seek help to get the support they need at a speed that suits their specific needs best.
Therapist appointments are not for everyone
Dialogue’s user research uncovered that mental health needs fall into four different personas:
- The explorer who is not yet ready to speak to a therapist yet and prefers to try tools anonymously
- The aspirer who wants immediate guidance and structure
- The initiator who prefers to solve their mental health issues on their own
- The rationaliser who wants time to express themselves and be deeply understood
Supporting your workforce in ways that matter
- The Dialogue digital cognitive behaviour therapy (iCBT) solution helps organisations to improve their employee experience, cultivate a culture of health and wellbeing and empower employees to take control of their own mental health journey
- Includes self care toolkits that focus on specific areas of mental wellbeing including: General Anxiety, Depression, Social Anxiety, Loss & Bereavement, Divorce and Separation
Does it work?
With 15 years in the market and 100K patients treated. Digital CBT is heavily researched and peer-reviewed to ensure effective program design:
- Decreased symptoms of depression in adults with depression, even 12 months after using the program* (Griffiths 2012)
- Improved self-esteem, empowerment and perceived quality of life in adults with depression* (Crisp 2014)
- Increased self-reported productivity at work, ability to cope with everyday stress & enjoyment of life* (Crisp 2016)
- Decreased symptoms of depression in older adults with history of, or at risk for cardiovascular disease* (Glozier 2013)
- Decreased symptoms of anxiety and increased physical activity levels (in same population)* (Glozier 2013)
By adding iCBT to your mental health resource repertoire, your employees will be able to get the help they need faster and easier than ever before. In-person (or even live, virtual) therapy isn’t for everyone, and by investing in iCBT you’ll be opening up doors for your staff that will allow them to become their best selves in a capacity and cadence that they’re comfortable with.
Learn more about how iCBT completes Dialogue’s mental health program