Evidence base for CBT: 

The CBT philosophy is to provide treatment that works.  From its conception in the 1970s, CBT was one of the first treatments to undergo rigorous evaluation of its effectiveness.  Starting with Aaron Beck, the founder of CBT, many researchers have compared CBT with not having any therapy, CBT as opposed to psychiatric medication or in comparison with other psychotherapies.  CBT has demonstrated again and again that it works better than a “wait and see approach”.  Over the years, CBT has been shown to be as effective, if not even more effective, than psychiatric medication, such as antidepressants for mood and anxiety disorders.

Whereas a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches work well for depression, CBT has shown to be superior to other psychological therapies, sometimes being the only effective approach for many anxiety disorders.

Dr TOM G WERNER  Psychiatrist & CBT-Therapist