Evidence Based Therapy

Evidence-Based Therapy

We recognize that the field of mental health has a justifiable reputation for being unscientific and ineffective.  Researchers estimate that between 250 and 500 different mental health treatment approaches have been developed, but only 4 of them have received any credible empirical support at all for a range of disorders.

One of these approaches has a very strong scientific basis and can be profoundly helpful if that scientific knowledge is used and evidence-based guidelines are adhered to.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and more condition-specific cognitive behavioral treatments (e.g., EX/RP for OCD and Behavior Activation for depression) have been shown in numerous randomized controlled trials and Meta-analyses to be superior to not only placebo, but to supportive therapy (i.e., generic “talk therapy”) and psychodynamic therapies (e.g., therapies that focus on discussing one’s childhood and supposed unconscious processes).  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to effectively treat the following problems, among others. In the case of most of these problems, the scientific support for CBT over other approaches is overwhelming to the point that many leading researchers and policymakers believe that the debate has been settled, at least until new approaches are developed.

  • OCD
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic
  • Agoraphobia
  • PTSD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Major Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Dysfunctional anger
  • Marriage Problems
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Low sexual desire