Computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy

Computer-based CBT targeted support programmes draw on CBT techniques via digital platforms.  

Computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy is a type of digital therapy that can help individuals to identify and challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs, and to replace them with more adaptive thinking patterns.

It is designed to help people to deal with low to mild mental wellbeing difficulties (commonly anxiety and depression), as well as to improve confidence and self-esteem.

Computer-based CBT targeted support programmes aim to support students to manage stress and emotions more effectively, and to enhance their resilience and wellbeing.

Programme information

This information refers to targeted mental wellbeing support programmes evaluated by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Other programmes may vary in programme length and delivery method. 

  • Length: A range from 5-10 weeks of weekly sessions
  • Delivered by: N/A (computer-based)
  • Delivery method: Individual
  • Age: 11 - 16

Many programmes aimed at secondary schools may also be suitable for FE colleges. Please see individual programmes for guidance.

Targeted support programmes

The following are some examples of computer-based CBT targeted support programmes that you may wish to explore to see if they are right for your setting.  

These programmes have been evaluated by a team of researchers as part of the NICE evidence reviews, unless otherwise indicated by an asterisk*. 

Any non-UK based programme that is listed will have either been used previously in the UK or, as they are online programmes, may be suitable for use in your setting.

*Please note: these programmes have not been evaluated by Anna Freud, or by NICE as part of their evidence reviews. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement.

There may be other computer-based CBT programmes available and tailored to your specific local area. Contact your local authority to find out what is available to your school or college. If you are unsure who to contact at your local authority, try speaking to your Mental Health Support Team (if applicable), your trust leadership team, or your setting’s safeguarding or pastoral lead. 

If you haven’t yet reviewed the  targeted support guide, this will help you to consider which types of targeted support might be appropriate for your setting. 

What does the evidence show?

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