e-couch is a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. What is it?
e-couch is an interactive web program that aims to help people cope with emotional problems and difficult times in their lives.
e-couch has programs for generalised anxiety, social anxiety, depression, divorce and bereavement. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life.
Each program begins with the armchair section, which provides information about emotional problems - what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them.
After reading the information in the armchair, you can go to the toolkits for that problem and learn strategies to cope with difficult feelings and situations. What do I get out of it?
Your e-couch program includes information, exercises and a workbook to track your progress and record your experiences, and toolkits to help you improve your mood and emotional state, and tackle challenges that you may be facing.
You can learn to manage and prevent emotional problems by changing your thinking, considering your relationships with others, scheduling regular exercise, and learning relaxation techniques.
Do I have to register?
You don’t have to register to see some of the e-couch information about anxiety and depression. You do need to register to see all of the information and to use the self-help toolkits. To protect your privacy, please use a made-up name and password when you register.
What information do they ask for?
When you register, e-couch will ask you for some information that doesn’t identify you. There are questions such as your age group, the country that you are in and whether you are in a city. It will also ask you for an email address. You can protect your privacy by setting up an email address that does not identify you e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you’ve registered, e-couch will offer you quizzes and exercises that ask for information about your thoughts and feelings. If you provide this information, you will get feedback. When you come back to e-couch, you will be able to see information about the quizzes and exercises you have done before. All information provided by e-couch users is kept confidential and your privacy is protected by law.
How much does it cost?
It costs nothing to use e-couch.
Do I need a doctors referral?
Anyone can sign up and use e-couch. You do not need a doctor’s referral.
How long does it take to do the program?
e-couch lets you do the program at a pace that suits you.
The e-couch armchair information sections will take about 15 minutes to read through. For the self-help toolkits, e-couch lets you make your own program. You can choose which parts to do and what order to do them in. Some of the sections are longer than others, so the length of the program depends on how many sections you choose to do and how long each one is. As a guide, many people have done the e-couch Generalised Anxiety Disorder Program in about six visits, taking 20-40 minutes per visit.
The program will remember your details from last time. You can come back whenever you like and do the program more than once if you want to.
How long until I start seeing results?
Some e-couch users say that it helps just to do the quizzes and find out information about emotional problems. e-couch recommends that you complete self-help toolkits to get the best benefits.