Further interesting CBT efficacy research

The psychotherapy technique blog In The Room has a fascinating post about a new paper by Longmore and Worrell in Clinical Psychology Review which seems to preliminarily suggest that “Behavioural Activation proved as effective as antidepressant medication, and that both produced superior outcomes to cognitive therapy, which was no more effective than the pill placebo condition.”

The study also suggests that ‘non specific factors’ like the therapeautic alliance (the relationship between the individual therapist and the patient) makes more difference in initial recovery response rate of the patient than any cognitive behavioural elements.

In the comments to this post there is also a link to recently published research that indicates that CBT has no lasting effects on anxiety and psychosis.

Posted by: Eleanor


2 responses to “Further interesting CBT efficacy research

  1. Hi Eleanor,

    Very interesting, it’s good that CBT is being challenged in some regards, it is not a ‘cure all’ and, as I pointed out on the HG forum, the NICE guidelines for PTSD research review, shows that Group Trauma CBT is no better than ‘stress management therapy’ for PTSD treatment.

    I believe, Human Givens Therapy has advantages over CBT in several ways; The APET model shows how emotion can drive thought and overpower reason, which can leave cognitive adjustment, or insight, powerless in the face of such strong emotions. Interventions can be made at deeper levels than conscious thoughts, which often merely seek to explain or make sense of strong emotions after the fact, eg when a person is completely overwhelmed by fear or depression.

    This one will rumble on….
    Best wishes, Jeremy

  2. Pingback: Exceptional Outcomes via The Human Givens Process model | EveryTherapist

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