PsyData is a combination of a computer system, a computer program, and a method of assisting psychotherapy, all used in conjunction with the existing type of talk therapy currently in use. The therapist and client each have their own computer screen, keyboard, and mouse. Talk therapy proceeds as normal, and occassionally the therapist and/or client make entries into the computer. The therapist and client can also jointly look at information that was entered previously. The PsyData program organizes the information in a unique way to facilitate analysis and productive use of the information, and to facilitate the discovery of helpful new information. PsyData isn't a new method of therapy, but instead is a method of increasing the effectiveness of therapy.
PsyData requires both the therapist and client to be able to make entries and see the computer display. The easiest way to do this at present is with two connected notebook computers. There are several other possibilities, including communicating through modems.
The PsyData software program is the heart of the PsyData system. It is used by the therapist and client together during the therapy sessions. Both have the ability to add information, and both can look at all previously added information. It can be used intermittently or constantly during a therapy session.