Client experiences of guided internet cognitive behavior therapy for postpartum depression: a qualitative study

Arch Womens Ment Health. 2015 Apr;18(2):209-219. doi: 10.1007/s00737-014-0449-0. Epub 2014 Aug 12.


Postpartum depression (PPD) afflicts up to 15 % of women following childbirth and negatively impacts both mother and child. Therapist-assisted internet cognitive behavior therapy (TAICBT) is a promising intervention for the treatment of PPD; however, women's perceptions of TAICBT have not been examined. Responses to 10 open-ended questions from 24 women who received TAICBT for PPD were thematically analyzed. The majority of women expressed that the TAICBT program afforded flexibility, accessibility, and convenience, as well as anonymity and privacy. Some participants described the program as helping them take a step in the right direction and enhance their self-awareness and parenting skills. Participants also described having the internet therapist individualize their treatment. Challenges related to the TAICBT program were also identified by a minority of participants including managing time to log onto the program, the fast pace, completion of homework around childcare duties, and challenges of not having a face-to-face therapist. Participants also made suggestions for future programming. The large majority of participants consistently described their internet therapist favorably; however, challenges related to the internet therapy were also identified. Results should be integrated in the development of future programming.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Depression, Postpartum / diagnosis
  • Depression, Postpartum / psychology
  • Depression, Postpartum / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Care
  • Treatment Outcome