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Should I Choose a Self-Help or Clinician Supervised Program with THIS WAY UP?

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THIS WAY UP provides a range of self-guided and expert-supervised online programs that you can choose from. These are evidence-based programs that have proven step-by-step strategies for managing stress, anxiety and low mood. But should you choose a self-help or clinician supervised program? 

The self-guided and clinician-supervised online programs are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a skills-based, internationally recommended mental health treatment. As a result, CBT targets the cognitions (i.e. the way you think) and behaviours (i.e.the things you do) that keep anxiety and depression going.

THIS WAY UP uses Internet-Delivered CBT or iCBT, which has the same principles as CBT but is delivered as a structured, self-guided (or self-help) online program. This means you can work through the lesson content at your own pace, whenever it’s convenient for you. You can also choose a program to work through in your own time but with the supervision of your own clinician. 

If you’re interested in learning practical skills to help improve your quality of life, one of THIS WAY UP’s CBT-based programs could be for you. They have been shown to be effective for many people for over 20 years now. According to our research 80% of people who’ve completed one of our treatment programs have benefited substantially, with 50% no longer being troubled by their symptoms. In addition, research has found that the benefits of iCBT last longer than medication and that iCBT is just as effective as face-to-face CBT.

There are two ways of accessing THIS WAY UP programs:

  1. Clinician-supervised (Free)
  2. Self-help (A one-off fee of $59)

Please note: The Posttraumatic Stress (PTS), Chronic Pain and Teen Worry and Sadness programs are available as clinician-supervised only. If you are not residing in Australia, all of our programs are available as clinician-supervised only.

What are the advantages and which one should I choose?

THIS WAY UP clinician-supervised program advantages:

–          The cost is free, when prescribed by a clinician

–          Our research has shown that people are more likely to complete a program under clinical supervision

–         You could have more  support from a clinician who knows you personally and can help you tailor the skills to your day to day life    

–          Your clinician will have access to your questionnaire results every lesson and can track your progress throughout the program

THIS WAY UP self-help program advantages:

–          Instant access. There is no need to wait for a clinician to prescribe the program

–         Privacy. If you are not yet ready to talk with a clinician about your mental health but would like to start getting help, you can do so anonymously

–          As a not-for-profit, funds generated from self-help courses go straight back into supporting the development and evaluation of these evidence-based programs

The Choice Is Yours

Moreover, at THIS WAY UP we think that you should be empowered to choose what will work better for you.

If you would like a taste of an online CBT program, you can try one of our four short, wellbeing programs which are also free. Choose from: Intro to Mindfulness, Coping With Stress, Managing Insomnia and Student Wellbeing.

Click here to explore our full range of online programs.

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