Even though I was a psychology major, psychotherapy has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Is it truly effective in relieving patients' distress? Which methods work?
As a practitioner who tries to recommend evidence-based treatments, I have often wondered what kinds of psychotherapy have evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is certainly one of them. A vast amount of research supports its effectiveness for a variety of conditions. A recent PubMed search for "cognitive behavioral therapy" yielded 34,507 original references and 5027 systematic reviews!
In this issue, Vinci et al provide an excellent summary with guidance for family physicians about using CBT to treat anxiety and...