April 29, 2020

Is online mental health therapy effective?

In view of the social distancing measures in place, many people are looking into online therapy options instead of the conventional face to face therapy, however there seems to be a general concern on its effectiveness when compared to the traditional way of meeting a therapist in person.  


Nowadays, thanks to the multiple available online methods to stay connected, such as emails, chatroom, web cameras etc., online counselling is fast becoming a popular model that can be as effective as conventional therapy.


In support of this, scientific researches have shown that online therapy can be very helpful when it comes to treating a variety of mental health disorders, as presented by the studies listed below:


Internet-based versus face-to-face cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial – 2014


Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of individually tailored Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders in a primary care population: A randomized controlled trial - 2014


Computer therapy for the anxiety and depression disorders is effective, acceptable and practical health care: An updated meta-analysis – 2018


A lack of mental health professionals in Malaysia frequently brings those in need of treatment to travel long distances to meet a therapist,often resulting problematic for those living in rural areas; not to mention the costs involved, which are usually much higher when meeting a therapist in person.


To bring the benefits of mental health therapy to the masses during these difficult times, Solace Wellness has put together a team of professionals available to offer online mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By doing so, clients will avail of the freedom to schedule their therapy sessions at their preferred time and date, delivered to them as they continue to enjoy the comfort of their homes.


With customizable scientific treatment programs available, Solace Wellness is a sister organization of Solace Asia Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia’s first private addiction rehabilitation center, incorporated in 2014 and headed by Dr. Prem Kumar Shanmugam.