The profile of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has grown more than any other form of therapy in recent years.
The National Health Service (NHS) recently implemented a training programme for health care professionals to become CBT therapists and the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) has recommended CBT as a treatment of choice for depression and anxiety and many other psychological disorders. The popularity of CBT stems from the fact that it is accessible using terms which are readily understood and unlike many other forms of psychological theories is uses common sense. It is a skilled based therapy using education as a stepping stone which doesn’t encourage clients to be reliant on the therapist to fix them rather it teaches skills for solving problems.
CBT has been the subject of a number of studies and the evidence for the effectiveness of CBT is overwhelming. The major advantage that CBT has over other forms of therapies is the basic principles which can be mastered in a relatively short period of time. At its core, CBT focuses on how we make sense of our life experiences, promoting rationality and mindedness and the ability to deal with the emotional challenges we face in our life.