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They said the abrupt nature of being served an online bill could risk pushing them “over the edge” if finances are particularly tough.
Former users have posted negative reviews about one of the private websites, with one person writing they were “slapped onto a paywall” the moment they had opened up and shared their issues.
The number of appointments carried out this way, under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme, in England, rose from 5,738 to 49,475.
It comes as a recent report found NHS mental health services in England and Wales face a “potent mix” of rising demand and cuts to the workforce, leaving many patients having to wait months or even years before they can access treatment.
“There’s a big wave of developments in computerised CBT, which have benefits of increasing access hugely, “For people with higher levels of distress it’s a sticking plaster on a very big wound.
Six sessions with a programme isn’t the same as face-to-face sessions for someone who’s had a horrendous history of sexual abuse.
A number of privately run websites offering therapy have been described as “unethical and exploitative” by former users, who said rather than helping them, the experience caused them heightened stress.
One website states it offers “convenient, affordable, private” online counselling and offers the opportunity to talk with a “licensed, professional” therapist online.
“We know the use of internet helplines has gone up exponentially, and it’s hard to document how much the private industry is getting.
But you can see there are lots of private practitioners who have set themselves up in that area – which suggests a lot of people are using them.” earlier this year show an almost ninefold rise in webcam and instant messenger appointments through the NHS’s flagship mental health scheme between 2012--16, compared to a 144 per cent rise in overall appointments.
It’s a serious concern that people who are not qualified are charging people for online support.
“Over the years I’ve seen a lot of these websites come and go, so it’s very difficult to get any sort of research in place to find out what the outcomes are.
“There’s no regulation, except for small professional organisations that insist on members having been trained. Anyone can set up a website that charges for therapy,” she said.