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Technology opens up new treatment methods. "Blended therapy" is a new form of treatment that combines online e-therapy (either through video consultation or other digital aids) with traditional face-to-face consultations. Blended therapy makes help more accessible, more flexible, and requires less time and resources for the patient.
Several studies have shown that Blended therapy can "dramatically reduce the time the psychologist spends in treatment without compromising on effectiveness" (Fairburn and Patel, 2017, p.22). The effect of the treatment further increases when the patient has access to digital resources between consultations. Studies have shown that patients experience Blended Therapy as an alternative to regular consultations and that the treatment method builds a stable and emotional relationship between patient and therapist (Etzelmueller, et al. 2018). Blended therapy can be adapted to many treatment methods but is based on the transdiagnostic perspective. Studies show that transdiagnostic treatment is particularly effective for Blended Therapy (Os, et al. 2019)
Blended Therapy offers a cost- and time-efficient alternative to more traditional treatment. It allows the patient more flexibility through making consultations independent of physical presence and fit busy schedules. The patient can better adapt the treatment to their own life, which increases the chance of continuity and generally better mental health.