HERE ARE SOME OF THE FEATURES THAT MAKE
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) UNIQUE:
1. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the first line treatment recommended
by many of the American Psychiatric Association's current practice
2. There is strong evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy actually
works. - There are currently dozens of clinical trials supporting CBT's
efficacy. In these studies, 10-16 weeks of CBT has been compared to medications,
placebo, and no treatment.
For depression and anxiety disorders, CBT has proven to be better than
placebo, has shown itself to be as effective as medications, and the benefits
have been proven to last for up to 5 years. CBT is the most studied form
of psychotherapy that currently exists.
3. Cognitive behavioral therapy doesn't focus very much on childhood. -
Instead, the emphasis is placed on how to change right now.
4. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on a set of techniques that are
very "action" oriented. - In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you
are asked to DO things every week to help produce change.
Click on my CBT Techniques page to read
a description of the techniques we use.
5. A typical course of cognitive behavioral therapy
takes 10-16 weeks. - This is in contrast to other forms of therapy (i.e.
Psychodynamic, Jungian, Freudian) which are conceptualized to take several
years to complete. The reason that cognitive behavioral therapy is so much
shorter is because it relies so heavily on techniques and on taking action,
and because all of the techniques are taught in a "self help" manner
so that patients can continue to treat themselves long after the therapy