Cognitive Therapy (CT)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Depression Treatment (Adult).

Target Population: Adults with mental health disorders including depression, anger, and anxiety among others - the program is also designed to include family members in the treatment

Brief Description

Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of Depression Treatment (Adult). CT is a form of psychotherapy proven in numerous clinical trials to be effective for a wide variety of disorders. The therapist and client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. CT and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are often used interchangeably. There are, however, numerous subsets of CBT that are narrower in scope than CT: e.g., problem-solving therapy, stress-inoculation therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, behavioral modification, exposure and response prevention, etc. Cognitive therapy uses techniques from all these subsets at times, within a cognitive framework. CT was developed by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy’s president, Aaron T. Beck, MD, in the early 1960s.

Program Goals:

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Contact Information

Michelle O'Connell, MGA
Title: Executive Director
Agency/Affiliation: Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2010

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2010