Letter: Misuse of health service by venture capitalists

Concerned at cheap option of online therapy.
Concerned at cheap option of online therapy.

A private company offering online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is currently promoting itself locally, saying that it is “providing services on behalf of the NHS in East Riding of Yorkshire”.

What they don’t tell you is that the evidence base for CBT has been regularly criticised. According to Peter Kinderman, a professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the Institute of

Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool “CBT can rightly be criticised for adhering to an out-dated and unscientific model of mental ‘illness’, for continuing to locate the blame for our distress inside our heads (rather than looking to social or even political root causes), and for sometimes implying both that people are responsible for ‘thinking errors’ and that ‘positive thinking’ can solve our problems”.

Whilst CBT has some value, particularly with minor difficulties, it can never replace face to face therapy with an experienced psychotherapist.

I’m concerned that this cheap option of online therapy, backed by venture capitalists, is being pushed to local residents through the NHS to the detriment of other therapies that may be more effective.

Hugh Palmer

Gus Walker Drive, Pocklington