In my extensive training and continued education, I have practiced and/or familiarized myself with many psychotherapy approaches and modalities. No two approaches are the same, no two people are the same, and likewise no two therapists are the same. What is a good combination for one person may not for another. Given all the types psychotherapy approaches, what has the best chance of being helpful and therapeutic? Of the approaches I have experienced, it is my opinion that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective with the greatest number of people.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? The best answer would be in book form, but we can go with a much shorter answer. The simplest way to describe the key concept of cognitive and behavioral theory, is that one thinks about something, a feeling forms about it, and a behavior occurs in response to the feeling. It is very natural, generally works fine, and quickly becomes a cycle. However, when a behavior is not working well it can be hard to pinpoint what is wrong. This is especially true when there is a feeling present and consistent with the behavior. This is where a therapist, experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, referred to as CBT, can be helpful to the person.
An article published in Front Psychiatry in 2018, entitled “Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy”, speaks to the long history and many comparative studies done involving CBT and other therapies.