Hands-on Help

Computer-aided Psychotherapy

By Isaac M. Marks, Kate Cavanagh, Lina Gega

© 2007 – Psychology Press

296 pages

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About the Book

Hands-on Help is a narrative review of the mushrooming field of computer-aided psychotherapy for mental health problems as a whole, from the time it began in the 1960’s through to the present day. The many types of computer-aided psychotherapy and how each might be accessed are detailed together with the pros and cons of such help and the functions it can serve. The authors review prevention as well as treatment.

The book describes and summarizes 97 computer-aided self-help systems in 175 studies according to the types of problem they aim to alleviate. These include phobic, panic, obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic disorders, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual problems, smoking, alcohol and drug misuse, schizophrenia, insomnia, pain and tinnitus distress, and childhood problems such as encopresis, autism and asthma. Within each type of problem the systems are described according to whether they are used on the internet, CD-ROM, phone, handheld or other device. The final chapter shows how internet self-help systems with phone or email support allow clinics to become more virtual than physical. It also discusses methods of screening suitability and of supporting users, constraints to delivery, uptake and completion, cost-effectiveness, and the place of computer-aided self-help in healthcare provision.

This informative book will be essential reading for psychiatrists, psychologists and all other mental health professionals interested in broadening their understanding of computer-aided psychotherapy.


"This book should appeal to all mental health professionals, GPs and service managers, who are open to new ideas and are not constrained by the limited views of the "old order"." Dave Peck, University of Edinburgh, UK

"Concisely written yet comprehensive, Hands-on Help is a bellweather for those wanting to understand what has been accomplished with computer therapy, as well as the challenges ahead and probable paths through and around them." - John H. Greist, M.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 69, August 2008

Table of Contents

Goldberg, Foreword. Marks, Cavanagh,Gega, Introduction. CP for Phobic/Panic Disorder. CP for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. CP for General Anxiety and Emotional Problems. CP for Depression. CP for Eating Problems. CP for Substance Misuse. CP for Miscellaneous Adult Problems: Pain, Tinnitus Distress, Insomnia, Sexual Problems, Schizophrenia. CP for Problems in Children and Teenagers. Synthesis. Conclusion.

About the Authors

Isaac M. Marks is Emeritus Professor, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

Kate Cavanagh is a chartered psychologist currently completing doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Newcastle and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

Lina Gega is Mental Health Lecturer, School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice, University of East Anglia.

About the Series

Maudsley Series

Henry Maudsley, founder of the Maudsley Hospital, was the most prominent English psychiatrist of his generation.

The Maudsley Hospital was united with the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1948 and its medical school renamed the Institute of Psychiatry. It is now entrusted with the duty of advancing psychiatry by teaching and research. The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, together with the Institute of Psychiatry, are jointly known as The Maudsley.

The monograph series reports work carried out at The Maudsley. Some of the monographs are directly concerned with clinical problems; others, less obviously relevant, are in scientific fields that are cultivated for the furtherance of psychiatry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health