Cutting Edge Psychology

Is CBT the best psychology can offer?

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 7:40 AM

For several decades, psychology has been somewhat fixated on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), to such an extent that it has come to be viewed almost as the sum total of what psychology can usefully offer. Apart from flying in the face of plenty of research evidence which shows that CBT is about as useful as most other approaches, this obesession has almost written the long legacy of other psychotherapies out of psychology's collective awareness. At least in Australia, most psychologists who graduated from university in the last 20-30 years are simply not trained in anything else, unless they have taken it upon themselves to go beyond the limitations of their university training. Consumers of psychology really need to be well informed about the breadth of choices, and are well advised to keep looking for a psychologist whose approach sits well with their own way of making sense of the world. Psychology as a discipline is a lot broader than CBT. The link provided presents some recent research which demonstrates the limitations of CBT. Dissatisfied consumers often complain about psychology being relatively 'useless', and as most psychology currently being practiced is CBT, the complaint is mostly about CBT.

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