Online consultations in mental healthcare: Modelling determinants of use and experience based on an international survey study at the onset of the pandemic

While online consultations have shown promise to be a means for the effective delivery of high-quality mental healthcare and the first implementations of these digital therapeutic contacts go back nearly two decades, uptake has remained limited over the years. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered this relative standstill and created a unique turning … Read more

New publication in The Lancet (Digital Health): Psychodynamic VS. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for adolescent depression

Adolescent major depressive disorder (MDD) is highly prevalent and associated with lifelong adversity. Evidence-based treatments exist, but accessible treatment alternatives are needed. We aimed to compare internet-based psychodynamic therapy (IPDT) with an established evidence-based treatment (internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy [ICBT]) for the treatment of adolescents with depression. Yesterday we published our latest treatment study in “The … Read more

Signing OFF once and signing ON twice!

After 20 years, 12 of which as editor-in-chief,  I will now leave the day-to-day editorial decisions and the continued strategic development of the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the capable hands of another academic (my former Ph.D. student Alexander Rozental!). Much has happened during my time as editor-in-chief. The journal has expanded from four to … Read more

The Future of Mental Health Treatment: Prescription Digital Therapeutics, Cyberpsychology, and Care Intelligence Solutions

Despite the fact that a wealth of data has been generated supporting psychotherapy and medications as efficacious and effective treatments for many mental health problems, there remain challenges and limitations in both (e.g., cost, dissemination, access, etc.). As a result, psychological disorders remain prevalent in our society and have a profound negative impact on our … Read more

Integrating virtual realities and psychotherapy

The use of virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) technology in clinical psychology is growing. Efficacious VR-based treatments for a variety of disorders have been developed. However, the field of technology-assisted psychotherapy is constantly changing with the advancement in technology. Factors such as interdisciplinary collaboration, consumer familiarity and adoption of VR products, and progress … Read more

Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy for depression, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder: Effectiveness and predictors of response in a teaching clinic

Though therapist-guided Internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (ICBT) appears to be efficacious for depression, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder, relatively little is known about real-world settings and predictors of treatment effects derived from cognitive-behavioral theory. We examined treatment effectiveness and predictors of improvement in a prospective cohort study where patients took part in 10 weeks … Read more

Dismantling, optimising, and personalising internet cognitive behavioural therapy for depression: a systematic review and component network meta-analysis

Internet cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) is a viable delivery format of CBT for depression. However, iCBT programmes include training in a wide array of cognitive and behavioural skills via different delivery methods, and it remains unclear which of these components are more efficacious and for whom. In a study that was just published in The Lancet … Read more

New meta-analysis on genes and psychotherapy outcome in anxiety disorders

There is a recurring debate on the role of the serotonin transporter gene linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) in the moderation of response to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in anxiety disorders. Results, however, are still inconclusive. In a new study, published today, we performed a meta-analysis on the role of 5-HTTLPR in the moderation of CBT … Read more