CBT or counselling: What’s right for me?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has voiced its concerns about the possible removal of counselling from the NICE approved range of interventions for depression. Quoted in the online journal Mental Health Today, BACP states that such an action could be “disastrous” and would restrict patient’s choice about their treatment. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a mainstay of the NHS IAPT programme for both depression and anxiety, and boasts a considerable evidence base. However, there is a growing body of research that suggests counselling is in no way inferior to CBT as a treatment for depression.

As a major IAPT service provider for Bristol and South Glos, Oasis-Talk firmly believes that both CBT and counselling are equally necessary in order to meet the wide and varying needs of our service users. We have an excellent track record in providing both types of therapy.

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