Virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

forBetterMinds is pleased to offer you Cognitive Stimulation Therapy - a scientifically proven therapy to relieve the symptoms of early to moderate-stage dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
We provide CST virtually, also called Virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (vCST).

Virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (vCST) is CST delivered online, person to person through your computer. A forBetterMinds Coach will meet with you for 2 sessions per week for 7 weeks. Sessions last for 45-50 minutes.

We provide vCST to people in the USA and Canada who have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or who are in early to moderate-stage dementia.

Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)

CST was created in the 1990s by academics at the University College London (UCL). Trialled for over 20 years, the benefits of CST are well documented in numerous scientific studies.

After receiving CST 2x per week for 7 weeks people scored higher in the two most common assessment scales for cognition, the MMSE (Mini Mental State Examination) and the ASAD-Cog (Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale–Cognitive Subscale)1. Quality of life, as measured in the QOL-AD assessment also saw improvement2.

Within the improvement of these general assessment scores, enhancements were seen in the following domains3:

Following instructions, including better able to execute instructions of 1 to 5 steps

Quality of speech (clarity and ability to make oneself understood)

Naming of objects

Word-finding difficulties (finding the desired word in spontaneous speech)

Comprehension (the person’s ability to understand speech)

Improving conversation and communication is thought to underpin the reasons why people (and their carers!) also scored higher on a quality of life evaluation (the QOL-AD scale3), as people’s quality of life increases when cognition is improved.

What is involved in virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (vCST)?

vCST is cognitive stimulation therapy delivered through your computer, one-on-one with a forBetterMinds Coach who is certified in CST methods.

We use the popular video conferencing Zoom app to speak with you.

Each session is themed and includes topics such as word association, object categorisation, discussion of current affairs, and orientation.

There are no right or wrong answers, and the sessions are based on creating new thoughts and ideas and asking people’s opinions rather than relying on factual answers. Asking your opinion and forming new ideas makes you find new ways to express yourself verbally.

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Who can benefit from virtual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (vCST)?​

Largest benefits have been seen with people over the age of 65 and who are early in dementia, including those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Significant benefits can still be achieved in moderate stage dementia provided the person can conduct a meaningful conversation. It is best that you or your loved one:


Can tolerate 1 hour of sitting


Have no significant hearing or visual impairment that would impact engagement


Have adequate English to engage in conversation


Have the motivation and desire to participate (very important)

A brief assessment during intake will allow us to determine if you or a loved one are a good candidate for the therapy.

How do I get started?

Fill in our contact form, and we will get back to you within 1 business day.
Our initial program is 14 sessions (7 weeks, 2 sessions per week). To make it easy for you to try it out, we currently offer an introductory session! The introductory session will be applied to the full program if you wish to continue.

We look forward to working with you!


Spector A., Thorgrimsen L., Woods B., et al. Efficacy of an evidence-based cognitive stimulation therapy programme for people with dementia: randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Psychiatry2003;183:248–254. doi: 10.1192/bjp.183.3.248.

Spector A., Orrell M., Woods B. Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST): effects on different areas of cognitive function for people with dementia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry2010;25(12):1253–1258. doi: 10.1002/gps.2464.

Woods B. T., Thorgrimsen L., Spector A., Royan L., Orrell M. Improved quality of life and cognitive stimulation therapy in dementia. Aging and Mental Health2006;10(3):219–226.