Once someone has decided that they are interested in psychotherapy (either based upon their own choice or recommendation of their Family Doctor), they often have a number of questions surrounding what type of psychotherapy is the right fit.  

Hot off the press (January 2018) is an article by David, Cristea and Hofmann that neatly describes why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the current gold standard of Psychotherapy.  The authors define the gold standard as “the best standard we have in the field currently available”.  This assertion is based upon the following facts:

  • CBT is the most researched form of psychotherapy
  • There is no other form of psychotherapy that has been shown to be systematically superior to CBT

Not only have the CBT theoretical models been the most researched, but they are also in keeping with scientifically accepted paradigms of human mind and behaviour.

In conclusion, the authors state: “because of its clear research support, CBT dominates the international guidelines for psychosocial treatments, making it a first-line treatment for many disorders, as noted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines and American Psychological Association. Therefore, CBT is, indeed, the gold standard in the psychotherapy field, being included in the major clinical guidelines based on its rigorous empirical basis”

Want to learn more?  Here’s a link to the full text below: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00004/full

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