On-line Counselling and Therapy

My online sessions are conducted from my office in an ethical, confidential, professional, trusting and non-judgemental manner.


If you are facing the challenges of abuse, anger, anxiety, bereavement, cancer, a crisis, depression, family issues, relationship conflict, rejection, stress, suicidal thoughts, or if you want to enhance your life both professionally and personally online counselling/therapy is a safe place where you can work with me to achieve a resolution.


I have been working with clients online for some time, both successfully and professionally. I have worked with both couples and individuals from all over Ireland and from around the world. To date I have worked with clients in Australia, America, Belgium, England, France and Ireland.


The safe, one-hour confidential sessions are professionally conducted from my office and payment is made via PayPal one day in advance of the pre-arranged session. Appointments can be made by email to genebarrypsychotherapist@gmail.com, or by phone at International + 353 + 22 + 46618.


Studies have proven the efficacy of therapy via the internet to the point where it has become a viable alternative and supplement to in-office therapy. A new study in The Lancet suggests that real-time chat therapy with a psychotherapist is successful in helping people with depression. Of the 113 people who did online therapy, 38 percent recovered from depression after four months, compared with 24 percent of people in the control group. The benefits were maintained at eight months, with 42 percent of the online therapy group and 26 percent of the control group having recovered.



University of Zurich

In this digital age, online therapy is just as beneficial, if not more so than conventional therapy. According to a new study from the University of Zurich, therapy sessions carried out online have become increasingly common in recent years. To investigate how effective this method was, researchers asked six therapists to treat 62 patients suffering from moderate depression.


The University of Zurich found virtual therapy more successful than face-to-face sessions

  • Fifty-seven per cent of online patients completed course depression free

  • Only 42 per cent of cases who saw therapist in person felt better

  • Down to paper trail: online subjects looked over notes from time to time


After being randomly divided into two groups, one was treated online - through email or instant messenger - while the other received face-to-face therapy. Both groups received eight sessions consisting of cognitive therapy techniques. Professor Andreas Maercker said, In both groups, the depression values fell significantly. The researchers put its success down, in part, to the paper trail it generates. Fifty-three per cent of those treated online were no longer diagnosed with depression, compared to 50 per cent of those who had face-to-face therapy.


During follow-up sessions, it was found that rates of recovery among those treated online were higher than the patients who saw counsellors in person. At the end of the study, 57 per cent of patients who underwent online treatment were free of depression, compared to 42 per cent of those who had traditional therapy.


Researchers put the online success down, in part, to the paper trail it generated. Patients were able to re-read the correspondence with their therapist, keeping it fresh in their mind, whereas those who had real-life therapy quickly forgot advice given. Professor Maercker said that in the medium term, online psychotherapy yields even better results and that his study is evidence that psychotherapeutic services on the internet are an effective supplement to therapeutic care.'



Canadian Medical Association Journal

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, reviewed studies of online therapy conducted between 2000 and 2012. Most of the studies tracked participants for a relatively short period of time after undergoing therapy, ranging from eight weeks to about two years. Researchers found online therapy could effectively reduce symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. In some cases, online therapy was even more effective than traditional in-person therapy.


Another study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, looked at how online therapy affects the well-being of new doctors. Young doctors often work long hours, including nights and weekends, and the stress of those long shifts can lead to mental health issues such as depression and suicidal thoughts. One previous study found that suicidal thoughts increase four-fold during a medical residency.


Researchers looked at 200 first-year medical residents working 80-hour weeks and overnight shifts. Compared to doctors who received no online therapy, doctors who received four 30-minute online sessions before beginning their residency had fewer suicidal thoughts. Because the sessions were delivered online, researchers say it might be possible to provide such treatment to other doctors while still keeping costs low.


October 2004 

The results of a study published in October 2004 on The Effectiveness of Web-Based vs. Non-Web-Based Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Behavioural Change Outcomes stated:

The effect size comparisons in the use of Web-based interventions compared to non-Web-based interventions showed an improvement in outcomes for individuals using Web-based interventions to achieve the specified knowledge and/or behaviour change for the studied outcome variables. These outcomes included increased exercise time, increased knowledge of nutritional status, increased knowledge of asthma treatment, increased participation in healthcare, slower health decline, improved body shape perception, and 18-month weight loss maintenance.

 

Gene Barry Psychotherapist

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