What is CBT?

Are you asking the question What is CBT?  because you are looking for some counselling? CBT is often used to treat anxiety, depression, addictions, self-harm and phobias. If you feel anxious, depressed or addicted to a substance then you will be surprised to read the following. There is a huge amount of stock placed in CBT but What is CBT?

It turns out that perhaps it is not such a powerful psychological cure,

Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in the USA ran a 10-year series of studies comparing various interventions for depression and anxiety.


Also, if you are wondering, “What is CBT?” take a look at the NHS guidance on counselling


The interventions were:

1, A number of CBT interventions with and without medication

2, Family-doctor-as-usual.

They found NO effect for CBT and pharmacology and a small, irregular effect for contact with the family doctor.

NIMH has called off treatment efficacy research, repudiated DSM & ICD diagnoses and is refocusing their work on the roots and developmental processes of mental illness.

This means that the leading specialist in the United States for Mental Health found that CBT has no measurable, long term benefits.

Research has also recognized that people do not need or respond well to treatment that is based on the notion that patients must fit themselves around a therapy.

The research has shown that people…we…respond best to help when the helper is able to, and wants to, develop a relationship with the person they are helping. Wang & Insel (2010).

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Counselling can help you can help you move forward.

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I may use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Psychodrama, Person Centered Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Solution Focused Therapy, Integrative Therapy or Family Therapy or Attachment Theory…

I am mindful to that counselling offers us new opportunities and possibilities for all of us to develop our knowledge, commitment and understanding of ourselves