Cognitive Therapy was developed in the 1960s by American Psychiatrist, Aaron Beck, who discovered that his patient’s progress was inhibited by their negative and somewhat destructive thoughts.
Later developments saw the introduction of the behavioural component to treatment to improve effectiveness in the form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, often referred to as CBT, which remains the treatment of choice for a diverse number of problems as recommended by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Who is Cognitive Therapy for?
How Does Cognitive Therapy Work?
What the Research into Cognitive Therapy Says
Research demonstrates greater outcomes for patients with depression who are treated with Cognitive Therapy compared to treatment with pharmacotherapy and behaviour therapy. Additionally, research into Cognitive Therapy for substance abuse patients found effective outcomes as a result of Cognitive Therapy creating successful engagement, goal forming, problem solving techniques, ability to handle emotions, redirect behaviours and develop a healthier lifestyle for the patient. However Cognitive Therapy remains less effective than Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
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For more information, see The Counselling Directory – Cognitive Therapy
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