Most mental health experts agree that cheaper and more easily available care would be a positive for patients - but what about if that care is provided via AI?
According to reporting in the New York Times, the chatbox app Woebot is attempting to simulate conversations with a therapist, mimicking real conversation and identifying and addressing problematic patterns in a patients’ narrative. Can it be an effective tool? Can AI ever replace therapy, or does therapy by its nature need to be a two-human process?
Jess Wright, M.D., a psychiatrist who studies digital forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT); he is the director of the University of Louisville Depression Center