Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) are constantly developing in stride with the latest scientific evidence in order to treat a full range of psychological difficulties.
CBT researchers, practitioners, and the techniques themselves are increasingly receiving attention in the national and local media.
Please read below for a sampling of 'CBT in the News' and check back often for updates.
"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Proven Effectiveness"
by Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D. in Anxiety Files November 23, 2011
A debate continues to rage on the efficacy of CBT and psychoanalytic psychiatry. The most recent salvo can be found on Bob Leahy’s Psychology
Today blog in which he responded to David Allen, M.D,'s blog regarding the limits of CBT.
The direct link to Bob’s post is at
or you may want to visit the
ABCT facebook page to see a discussion of the discussion.
"The Forgotten Patients" Forbes.com September 3, 2010
Roughly 35,000 Americans commit suicide each year; another 1.1 million make attempts; while 8 million have suicidal thoughts. But Forbes Magazine details a treatment approach, DBT, developed by one of our members, Marsha Linehan, that has changed…and saved…lives.
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Long-time member Edna Foa is named TIME Magazine Time 100” for her work in treating PTSD
"Bipolar: Tips for Life" WWW.WEBMED.COM
In the second segment of Tips for Life, Bob Leahy, ABCT’s President, offers tips to help bipolar sufferers deal with the financial repercussions, giving examples of techniques and strategies that work.
"Prevent Depression in Teens With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" US News.com June 4, 2009.
Serious depression afflicts 2 million teenagers each year and puts them at greater risk of suicide and depression throughout life. But Cognitive behavioral therapy can prevent teenagers from becoming clinically depressed, even if their parents are depressed, too.
Depression Leads to Misperceptions of Criticism from Spouses
People who are feeling depressed or who are having marital problems often complain that their spouses are critical of them.
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One Session Exposure Therapy May Work for Reducing Anxiety
One-Session Treatment (OST) is a form of exposure therapy for the treatment of fears and phobias.
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CBT plus Zoloft is "gold standard" treatment for child anxiety
In the combined treatment group, 81 percent of children were much improved by three months, compared with 60 percent in the therapy-only group, 55 percent in the sertraline-only group, and 24 percent in the placebo group.
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"More and More, Favored Psychotherapy Lets Bygones Be Bygones." The New York Times. February 14, 2006.
This New York Times article documents the radical shift in psychotherapeutic techniques that has taken place over the past 20 years. Traditional psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies have become "totally eclipsed by cognitive behavioral approaches."
"Dump the Couch! And Ditch the Zoloft: A new therapy revolution is here." Forbes. April 9, 2007.
Forbes magazine hails CBT as part of "a new therapy revolution." Read the article to learn why CBT treatment is preferred over traditional "talk therapy" and medication.
"A Change of Mind: Thanks to managed care, evidence-based medical practice, and changing ideas about behavior, Cognitive Therapy is the talking cure of the moment." The Washington Post. September 3, 2002.
The Washington Post calls CBT "the fastest growing and most rigorously studied kind of talk therapy, the subject of at least 325 clinical trials evaluating its efficacy in treating everything from depression to schizophrenia… one whose benefits can persist and enhance one's life."
"Press Release: NICE guidelines to improve the treatment and care of people with depression and anxiety." National Institute for Clinical Excellence. December 6, 2004.
The British National Health Service (NHS) now recommends CBT over medication as the first-line treatment for most types of depression and anxiety.
"Dr. Oz Goes to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Camp." The Oprah Winfrey Show. May 21, 2008.
Dr. Jonathan Grayson is a special guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Grayson, a leading OCD specialist, demonstrates the dramatic success of a CBT technique called exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy with a group of 6 individuals attending "OCD Boot Camp."
"A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves." The New York Times. January 1, 2008.
Dr. David Tolin, director of the anxiety disorders center at the Institute of Living in Hartford, is featured in a New York Times story on compulsive hoarding. The article write that "cognitive behavioral therapy may help: a recent study of hoarders showed that six months' therapy resulted in a marked decline in clutter in the patient's living space."
"Clutter and Hoarding." Voices in the Family, WHYY-National Public Radio. March 3, 2008.
At the conclusion of this radio program, Dr. Tolin compares the failures of traditional talk therapy to alleviate the "locked in" plight of compulsive hoarders to the delivery of results through in-house CBT treatment.
"Virtual reality program could help veterans cope with PTSD." The Hartford Courant. December 4, 2007.
This article describes Dr. Melissa Norberg and Dr. David Tolin use of virtual reality simulations as a supplement to CBT treatment to help Iraq War veterans recover from PTSD. According to Dr. Tolin, "cognitive behavioral therapy holds the only hope of a lasting reduction of symptoms of PTSD."
"Worried in America: Facing Fears." ABC News. April 3, 2008.
Dr. Robert Leahy, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, and other CBT therapists appear on this special news program. People suffering from severe, even crippling anxiety are taught how to cope with their fears in a dramatically short amount of time.
"The Worry Cure' Book." The Early Show, CBS News. December 6, 2005.
Dr. Leahy shared some advice and insight from his book, "The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worrying from Stopping You", with Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith. Dr. Leahy's book outlines CBT-based strategies to help people suffering from anxiety take back control of their lives:
"Taking Anxiety Down a Notch." The New York Times. October 30, 2005.
The New York Times calls Dr. Leahy's book a "lucid, practical… manual for the psyche… [which] engaging and persuasively coaxes self-tormentors to have mercy on themselves."
"Cold Feet." Weekend Today Show, NBC.
Watch NBC's Weekend Today Show host, Lester Holt, face down his phobia of snakes with the help of Dr. Michael Otto, exposure therapy, and a trip to the zoo.
"Teen Faces Down Anxiety Disorder." Good Morning America, ABC News. May 20, 2006.
This article recounts how an adolescent struggling with a lifelong panic disorder received "new hope" after beginning intensive CBT treatment at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.
"Lotus Therapy." The New York Times. May 27, 2008.
In this recent article, Dr. Steven Hayes discusses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a form of CBT treatment that incorporates the ancient practice of Eastern mediation to alter fundamental psychological processes.
"Ease anxieties with a capsule?" The New England Cable Network. August 13, 2008.
The New England Cable Network (NECN) recently reported on the preliminary success of a 4-year, federally funded study that aims to treat severe anxiety in as few as 5 sessions of CBT. The study, which is conducted by researchers at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), uses talk therapy in conjunction with an experimental medication.