You might be asking yourself, does cognitive behavioral therapy really work? And is it does work, you might ask yourself, will it work for me?

So here is the answer that you might be looking for. Yes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT does work, in the short term. We know from research that CBT creates good benefit for many disorders. We also know that it is especially well studied in regards to depression and anxiety. So what we would like you to understand is that there can be a downside of CBT. How it might affect you is that after about a year from treatment, we see many people’s symptoms return.

At Pondworks in Austin, TX we don’t consider the downside of CBT to be really that bad. We use CBT to handle what it’s made for, skill building and initial symptom improvement. We’d like you to think of CBT as like learning how to shoot a basketball. That’s a good thing and will help get you going, but it’s not the same thing as learning all the complicated parts of playing on a basketball team with others.

How Pondworks Works With CBT

At Pondworks we help people recover and grow based on a type of therapy called psychodynamic therapy. Psychodynamic therapy works through looking at root causes of depression and anxiety. When these are found we tend to grow emotionally and become more resilient. And we don’t want you to just take our word for it either. JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, wrote a paper showing longer-term psychodynamic therapy works better for patients with real-world problems than CBT.

At Pondworks, psychiatrists and psychiatric providers often use CBT skills at the beginning of a therapy. It can really help get things started with a patient. So, if you’re trying to figure out where to start with therapy or you’ve had a CBT treatment that left you flat, don’t worry. It’s really a win-win for you no matter what. The problems we find with CBT are often addressed when a provider or psychiatric clinic has a foundation in psychodynamic therapy.