What is blended treatment?

In this article, you can learn more about Mindler’s blended treatment model. We offer online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination with self-help programmes, which cover a wide range of diagnoses. In this article, you can learn more about the model and how it works.

At Mindler you can speak to a psychologist online. Download our app to book a video call or read more about our psychologists below.

Mindler’s blended treatment model

At Mindler, we offer blended treatment to our patients. Blended treatment is the combination of online appointments with a Mindler psychologist, and working through interactive iCBT programmes in between sessions.

Online appointments and the iCBT programmes are both carried out in the Mindler app, which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.  Once a patient has had their first online appointment, they get unlimited access to all the available iCBT programmes. These programmes can either be completed independently, or with the support of a psychologist.

Benefits of blended treatment

There are several benefits to following a blended treatment plan:

Effective

  • It can be more effective than having only therapy sessions. Research suggests that the therapeutic benefits of combining iCBT and therapy sessions can be more effective than therapy sessions alone (e.g. Kleiboer, et al., 2016). 

Save time and money

As patients can work towards their therapy goals inbetween sessions using the iCBT programmes, the overall treatment duration can be reduced as the therapeutic work is not limited to the time when the patient is speaking to their therapist. This can save the patient both time and money.

Convenience

  • Online therapy can be completed at a time that is convenient for the patient. Blended treatment gives patients the opportunity to play an active role in their therapy outside of sessions as well as during sessions. 

Focussed

  • Since the patient dedicates time to working with iCBT programmes in between sessions, this means that therapy sessions with the psychologist can be more focussed. iCBT programmes can be a useful resource for the development of discussion points between patients and therapists. Therapy sessions can then be more focussed on what needs to be worked through with the help of a psychologist (e.g. help with accessing and exploring emotions, evaluating treatment plans etc.) as the more practical aspects of therapy (e.g. psychoeducation through the iCBT programmes) can be carried out by the patient at a time that works for them.

Accessibility

  • Online therapy increases access to therapy. Patients who experience specific difficulties, such severe social anxiety, which could make it a challenge for them to attend therapy sessions in person, can still have access to treatment in a way that works for them. 

Last updated on: 2021.07.02

Author: Dr. Nahid Karamali