CBT is the treatment of choice for the National Health Service for anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, relationship problems and substance misuse. It’s also highly effective for post-traumatic stress disorder, and is used widely in the Military service for post traumatic stress disorder.
There many studies showing its effectiveness when compared to other therapies. In addition to being backed by hard scientific evidence, CBT has , for many years, been an extremely popular therapy, with a vast amount of client-led anecdotal evidence for success.
Unlike some therapies on offer , CBT does not entail working with people over a period of years, indeed, some problems can be successfully worked through in just a few sessions.This is because the client learns and then owns the techniques for themselves and learn to manage their thought processes, their behaviours and thus to feel better.
Most people have heard of exposure therapy for phobias ; a cognitive behavioural approach involves the behavioural aspect of this therapy but adds the cognitive ( thinking) dimension. This renders the therapy far more effective and long-lasting, in typically 2-6 sessions.
Chronic conditions will need more time devoted to recovery. For chronic depression, for example, the NHS reccomends 10-20 sessions
This may seem daunting , but as a therapist who has successfully treated clients who have struggled with depression reaching back to their teenage years, I have seen people who have proudly been able to recover and have produced enormously satisfying results.