Cognitive and behavioural therapies

Cognitive and behavioural therapies


CBT is the ‘gold standard’, but is that just for white people?

CBT is supported by a strong evidence base. However, effective cultural adaptation of the therapy is a work in progress

by Shayla Love



Psychotherapy under the microscope: how exactly does it work?

To improve psychotherapy, researchers are looking beyond what happens in a session to learn exactly how change is achieved

by Ciarán O’Driscoll

Cognitive and behavioural therapies


The philosophical roots of CBT help explain its limitations

Not all psychological problems are thinking problems. Trying to solve them purely cognitively, with CBT, won’t help us mature

by Bradley Murray

Trauma and PTSD


PTSD looks different in young children – but it’s still treatable

When tantrums and other changes indicate post-traumatic dysfunction, specialised therapy could help children with PTSD

by Caitlin Hitchcock

Self-harm and suicide


When all looks bleak, hopebuilding strategies offer a lifeline

Hopelessness is a major link in the chain that leads to suicide. Strategies to nurture hope are key in the prevention toolkit

by Kathryn Gordon

Cognitive and behavioural therapies


Can a short behavioural boot camp really grind anxiety to dust?

It’s a bumpy ride and won’t probe the origins of past trauma. But intensive CBT can reduce debilitating anxiety in days

by Elizabeth Svoboda

Difficult emotions


A new approach to therapy promises to tackle neuroticism head-on

Therapy often focuses on symptoms of specific disorders. Targeting a high-risk personality trait could be more efficient

by Shannon Sauer-Zavala

Worry and rumination


Here’s how to take back your life from long-term worrying

Long after they’ve gone, stressors can cause harm to your health. These psychological techniques offer a powerful defence

by Dane McCarrick & Daryl O’Connor