CBT Depression

CBT Therapy Depression

TO BOOK CALL: 07 505 124 933 CBT therapy for depression was developed by Aaron Beck (1967). Beck was classically psychoanalytically trained as most of his contemporaries in the early 20th century. However, Beck noticed that his depressed patients improved faster when he focused on the clients’ negative thoughts rather than the psychosexual stages of development of the psychoanalytical model and this is how he developed the cognitive behavioural therapy model (CBT). Beck provided the efficacy of CBT and after that, the CBT model has been adopted for the treatment of other mental health difficulties such as trauma/PTSD, people with personality disorders and rigid maladaptive beliefs, OCD, panic attacks, depressions etc. In fact, the efficacy of the CBT model was reviewed by Lord Layard who played a key role in implementing it as the preferred type of treatment in the NHS. This created a surplus of anger among some practitioners at that time in the UK and who criticized the CBT model as superficial. However, I would suggest that one has to be cautious about making flippant undermining and bullying comments about the CBT model without having a proven track record of studying the model first. In fact, any CBT practitioner in the UK or abroad and like Beck has previous training in more than one of the existing therapeutic approaches and Beck himself confirmed that the CBT model development was influenced by his interest in the phenomenology. In conclusion, viva la CBT and let’s not undermine the CBT model with inadequate frivolous remarks before one knows anything about it. Book an appointment with Leona Sears on 07 505 124 933 for CBT depression or CBT resistant depression therapy. Read clients reviews about their experiences whilst doing CBT for depression or resistant depression.  


Beck, A. (1967). Depression: Clinical, Experimental, and Theoretical Aspects. New York: Hoeber. (Republished as Depression: Causes and Treatment. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1972).

Greenberg, D. and Padesky, A. (1995). Clinician’s Guide to Mind Over Mood. NY. The Guildford Press.

Young, J. E. (1999). Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders: Schema – Focused Approach. Sarasota. Professional Resource Press.