Cognitive therapy and CBT

Beck’s cognitive therapy, from which schema therapy evolved is a form of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) that has been adapted to treat a wide range of psychological disorders.

David Edwards is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), an organization that promotes Beck’s approach to CBT.  The ACT website is a rich source of information on the status of current research on the effectiveness of CBT for a wide range of common problems.

He is also a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP).  The BABCP website also provides a great deal of useful information.

On the schematherapysouthafrica website, see the pages below:

CBT Self-help resources

CBT offers a wide range of practical methods for bringing about change in behaviour and problematic emotions. You can learn about these from:

! Warning: Not everyone benefits from CBT methods in a self-help format !

In the same way, not everyone benefits from a therapy that is only based on CBT methods. So don’t be discouraged if you try to use these self-help resources and they don’t help as much as you had hoped. CBT approaches are not always the place to start and a therapist may help you look deeper into the source of your problems.  Schema therapists use an integrative approach which draws on CBT techniques but uses them in the context of carefully worked out understanding of the roots of your problems, as well as a strong working bond between client and therapist.