How effective is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is the most widely researched form of all psychotherapies. It is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be highly effective in hundreds of clinical studies.

In study after study, it has been shown to be as effective as drugs in treating both depression and anxiety states. Results overwhelmingly support the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavior Therapy with virtually all emotional problems and is the preferred treatment for such mental illnesses as:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Shyness and social anxiety
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsions Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty establishing or staying in relationships
  • Problems with existing marriage or other relationships
  • Job, career or school difficulties
  • Sexual problems
  • Sexual and physical abuse
  • Generalized anxiety (chronic worry)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Alcohol and addictions
  • Shame and humiliation
  • Occupational issues
  • Anger, aggression and violence
  • Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Trouble controlling feelings such as sadness, fear, guilt, etc
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Over-inhibition of feelings or expression
  • Survivors of disaster and trauma
  • Personality disorders
  • Childhood and adolescent problems
  • Complications associated with ageing
  • Other elderly problems
  • Feeling “stressed out” or “stuck”
  • General Health problems
  • Low self-esteem (accepting or respecting yourself)
  • Inadequate coping skills, or ill-chosen methods of coping
  • Passivity, procrastination and “passive aggression”
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic pain

Cognitive Behavior Therapy was developed to provide long term solutions to these, and other, mental illnesses. In this respect it has proven itself to be effective since midway through the twentieth century.

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