Castle Connect - Online Addictions & Mental Health Counselling

Castle Connect - our webcam-based therapy programme is our way of delivering much-needed support for people at this time of heightened anxiety, trauma and social isolation for millions at risk of heavy alcohol consumption and relapse. We can connect you directly to one of our experienced addictions therapists from the comfort of your own home.

Castle Connect Online Addictions Therapy

Our Experience

Castle Craig has offered 'Teletherapy' as part of a Continuing Care programme for over 10 years and our therapists are experienced in delivering effective CBT techniques over an online platform. Therapists from both Castle Craig and our sister rehab clinic in Ireland, Smarmore Castle, are involved to deliver the best expertise to clients.
  • CBT
  • 12 Step addiction treatment
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Drug Addiction
  • Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Family Therapy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Consultant Psychiatrist Assessment
  • Psychotherapy Assessment
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Continuing Care
Our therapists have a wealth of experience in delivering CBT and 12 Step therapy programmes.

What We Treat Through Online Therapy

Four Week Addiction Treatment Programme

The Castle Connect online addiction therapy service is based on 12-step facilitation and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), similar to the rehab programme offered at Castle Craig. We are offering this programme especially during the Covid-19 crisis while we cannot accept new patients into our clinic.

Individual CBT Programmes and workshops to Help You Deal with:

  • Addictions to Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Gaming, Social Media
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief
  • Relationship Counselling

Family Recovery Workshops with Castle Connect

Our Senior Specialist Family Therapist, Teri Lynn Fairnie facilitates our Family Recovery Workshops via Zoom. Sessions take place one weekend per month.

Continuing Care - For those who have just left rehab

Those who have completed a 12 Step residential addiction treatment programme are most vulnerable in the first few months after discharge. The reintegration back into everyday life is challenging. Our online aftercare service 'Teletherapy', is an additional continuing care service which Castle Connect offers to patients to consolidate their recovery.

What does the 'Teletherapy' Continuing Care Programme involve?

Over the course of 10 sessions of individual therapy via webcam, the Castle Connect 'Teletherapy'  programme guides you through implementing the principles of recovery into your daily life:
  • Implementing the principles of recovery
  • Triggers to relapse
  • Implementing alternative coping strategies, managing negative moods, anger and depression
  • Exploring opportunities to renew relationships; enhancing social support network systems
  • Relapse prevention; contingency planning for emergencies
  • Moving forward, review of your continuing care plan.

Pre-Admission Assessments

Our group has been using telephone and online assessments before admission on to our programme for many years. If we feel that you would benefit from further assessments from a psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist we will refer you on to them for further assessment via webcam. If our clinicians advise that you are not suitable for our online programmes then we will give you further advice and options.

Online Therapy - How It Works

What approach is used in the online therapy sessions?

Your therapist uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to explore links between thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviours. CBT helps you to realistically evaluate your negative thoughts and unhelpful behaviours and find alternative coping strategies. As you re-engage with your work colleagues, family and society after leaving treatment you experience many challenges and threats to your recovery. In the safe and confidential setting of online therapy you can address and explore your feelings in a supportive environment.

What equipment do I need for Castle Connect?

You need a good internet connection and a camera function on your laptop or a smart phone. If you work through a desktop then you will need a webcam and earphones with an inbuilt microphone.

When can I connect?

Any time! The flexibility of Castle Connect allows for therapy sessions to be arranged at a time that is convenient for you - during the daytime, evening or at the weekend. Group sessions involving other people need to be at a designated time of day.

Is the line secure?

Castle Connect uses a system that meets recommended standards to protect the privacy and security of tele-therapy sessions. Our therapists always operate in a private room.

How much does it cost?

Some health insurers such as BUPA cover online therapy. Please ask our Admissions team for more information.

Does online therapy work?

Castle Craig has been offering 'teletherapy' for over 10 years. Evidence shows that those that have completed 2 to 6 weeks in treatment can be vulnerable to relapse when returning home. Whilst you will have addressed many issues in treatment and broken the denial system, returning to your home community can be a testing time not only for the patient but also their families. We introduced teletherapy counselling at the request of our patients. Our research has shown that 71% of those that participated in further counselling via teletherapy have had sustained sobriety.

Read what our online therapy users say:

“Whilst I had been advised it may be difficult when I got home, I had not realised how difficult it would be in returning to my relationship and job. Without continued counselling I don’t think I would have got through it as during my counselling sessions we were able to look at my returning to old behaviours and to work on my new attitude. I also benefited from CBT which helped me to continue with changing my thinking, thoughts and feelings.” (Anonymous)

“I returned home with the opinion that I did not need any more counselling. The first week was ok but when everybody got used to me being home I found it difficult. I needed someone to understand and to continue to reinforce what I had learnt in treatment. I rang Castle Craig in the second week and signed up for 10 sessions that were so useful that I signed up for another 10. I am clean today and attend AA and have a sponsor. Very grateful.” (Tanya)

“Whilst I worked on a lot of issues at Castle Craig I realised I had more to do. I was able to have a therapist that took me through the next part of the journey. I was unable to go to the secondary unit due to work commitments and teletherapy was invaluable in helping me reintegrate into my family and the world.” (David)

Contact Us for More Information about Castle Connect

Please contact us on [email protected] or 01721 722763 to find out more about booking an online therapy package.