For more than 50 years, and across more than 1000 outcome studies, Cognitive Therapy (CT; also referred to as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT) has been studied and refined, resulting in a therapy model that is effective for a wide range of disorders and stressors. In addition to the scientific evidence that CBT is effective, the therapy is structured around a model that clinicians and clients have found to be very usable.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was first developed by Dr. Aaron Beck in the 1950s, shifting the landscape of psychotherapy to focus on the thoughts, feelings and behavior of clients. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy asserts that it is not situations that lead to our reactions, but rather our interpretations of those situations.
In CT/CBT, clinicians and clients work together as a team to identify and solve problems, and to help clients to overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. The skills at the heart of these changes can also be integrated into a treatment milieu, creating a culture of evidence based care.