Is there evidence that CBT works?
CBT is evidence-based. This means it’s been clinically proven to work.
CBT is continuously evolving by what is called “empirical evidence” or “evidence-based-practice”, and this form of psychotherapy constantly synchronises with the latest recommendations from the research suggesting what works best.
An example relates to how CBT therapists now treat trauma and PTSD. Until recently it was commonly perceived that encouragement to see a counsellor/psychotherapist immediately after any form of trauma was a good practice. Due to various reports we now know that it is not necessarily helpful and in one study they found it to be unhelpful or counter-productive. When we think about it, we are stating the obvious. Traumas (or life events) have happened for millions of years, and humans have developed successful ways to deal with these events at a pace that suits that individual. One of CBT’s methods is to focus on events and to encourage a person to discuss a difficulty (or process it) when they are not ready might lead to a crisis that they cannot control. The best approach, in a period of 3 months, is to give the person time to deal with the situation, in their way, and if the person is still affected by the event (after 3-6 months), professional help can then be useful.
The above is just one example on how CBT is constantly evolving to ensure we are doing our best to get you better. BABCP accreditation assures that CBT therapist are engaged in activities that keep skill and techniques uptodate.
Evidence for CBT compiled by the Government
CBT uses the evidence from research and clinical studies to formulate ideas and procedures for best practice. These are then applied on a personal basis to individuals within CBT therapy.
It is beyond the scope of this web page to present the evidence for CBT from the clinical studies. However, we can say that the best available evidence supports CBT for these problems.
NICE (The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) is the independent organisation responsible for recommending national healthcare guidance on the promotion of good health, and the prevention and treatment of ill health. They continuously recommend CBT for many issues.
The Department of Health has also produced information supportive of CBT in its documents which look at the most popular and effective types of psychotherapy.
Research demonstrates that only pure CBT is effective, and the efficacy of CBT blended into other therapies (i.e. counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy) is not proven. Our CBT therapists only provide pure CBT.
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