How does CBT differ from other therapies?

Most therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, share many similarities, such as talking to a person you can trust openly, being respected and listened to, or having a regular time and space dedicated to some work on changing oneself.  Some researchers have argued that it is only these shared or general aspects which make change happen. 


In CBT, we know that all these aspects are important and necessary to provide an effective treatment.  However, we also know that for some conditions, like anxiety disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), these general factors on their own are not sufficient to help clients to overcome their problems.   Indeed, research showed that some specific ingredients (tools) are needed in addition to provide results.

Dr TOM G WERNER  Psychiatrist & CBT-Therapist