We have both achieved very high success rates for treating social anxiety at our private clinics. However, the number of clients we can treat in-person is limited by the number of hours in a day, and geographically by the client's ability to travel to our clinics. AI-Therapy was born out of our desire to overcome these limitations and reach a wider audience. We have embodied our extensive knowledge into an Internet treatment program so that everyone can access high-quality therapies and benefit from the latest advances in the field.
There are several online options available for the treatment of anxiety disorders. However, the quality of these programs varies widely. As far as we know, AI-Therapy is the only online anxiety treatment program that has all three of the following features: 1) Created by internationally recognized experts in anxiety research and treatment. 2) Backed by clinical trials with results published in peer-reviewed journals. In other words, we've done tests, and it works. 3) The program is fully automated, yet uses programmed logic to dynamically adapt the treatment towards the specific anxieties of the client. No two clients take the same path through the treatment program.
It's important to always consider the credentials of the people behind a program you are considering. Your mental health is at stake, so make sure they are qualified and accredited professionals with PhDs in psychology or psychiatry. Anyone can put a program online, so remember the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! With that in mind, make an informed decision about the type of therapy that is best for you.
Therapy with a professional clinical psychologist can be expensive. In fact, an hour long session with one of the authors of AI-Therapy costs hundreds of dollars. Depending on your particular situation, up to 12-18 sessions may be necessary for a successful outcome. Spending thousands of dollars to conquer social anxiety is simply not an option for most people.
AI-Therapy is a comprehensive and cost-effective solution. You get to log in to the system an unlimited number of times for 6 months, all for less than the cost of a single in-person session with Ross or Fjola. This is the power of online treatment.
To begin, we would never discredit the services that we ourselves provide at our clinics. That being said, there are definitely advantages and disadvantages to both online and face-to-face approaches. It's a deep question, and one must consider many factors, such as affordability, accessibility, therapist training and skill, the therapist/patient relationship, etc. Our goal is not to replace in-person therapy. Our goal is to equal or even exceed the effectiveness of what we've accomplished in our clinics, and make these treatments available to as wide an audience as possible.
We encourage our users to work at a pace that suits their schedule. You should probably aim to log on once or twice a week for 30 minutes to an hour, and try to finish the program in 2-4 months. However, some people work their way through more quickly than this. You will get emails reminders if we haven't seen you for a while.
The program itself is very straightforward and easy to use. Ross and Fjola guide you through the treatment step-by-step, with audio recordings explaining the all of the key concepts. Some pages have questionnaires for you to fill out, and others have you go out in the real world to challenge your thoughts and behaviors. Our users have told us that it is a well designed and intuitive website.
Your depression or anxiety problems are personal. Too often mental health issues are not taken seriously, or not treated in a compassionate manner, by the general public. It may be important, for personal or professional reasons, not to have people know about your anxieties. One of the main advantages of Internet therapy is the privacy and anonymity it provides. To use the AI-Therapy all you need is an email address and a means of payment. You have our promise that we will never share the data we collect with any 3rd parties. Just find a comfortable spot with Internet access and you are ready to get started - what could be more private than that?
The use of HTTPS is automatically enforced once you log in to the program. This means that all communications between you and AI-Therapy are encrypted using SSL to ensure maximum security.
Yes. If you fill out the registration form on the step 2 of the signup process, anyone with a credit card can complete the PayPal step, giving you anonymity and instant access to the program.