There is a well-recognised need for an instant-access, low threshold, CBT-based therapy that prevents escalation and/or relapse of common psychological presentations.
There is also good clinical evidence that psycho-education, bibliotherapy, guided self-help and therapy delivered over the telephone by a therapist can all be efficacious in mild to moderate anxiety-based presentations. Computerised CBT (incorporating psycho education, guided self-help and behavioural activation principles) has also been used to good effect in this area.
None of these service delivery models, however, provides the flexibility, portability, and responsiveness to optimise learning,
to enhance opportunities for positive conditioning and to motivate patients.
TPT has been developed to provide instant access over the telephone to a therapeutic resource which uses these evidence-based psychological principles. Unlike other methods of service delivery, TPT provides a therapeutic input that can be accessed immediately in any situation and at any time. It is, therefore, clinically timely, reinforces learning and is motivating to the patient.
Mobile phones are now used not only as a means of communication but for diary-keeping and setting prompt alarms. Mobile phones also provide a 'distraction and displacement activity' in public places and have arguably become attachment/security objects for people of all ages. Use of the phone as a therapeutic medium is, therefore, non-stigmatising, comforting, confidential and ensures parity across a range of socio-economic and minority groups including those with low literacy levels.