Christians and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

CBT is recommended for lots of things - not just anxiety and depression. Is it a treat-all that does not really work? Is is good news to people who are struggling? Can it be used outside of a faith perspective? This new article from the Christian Medical Fellowship answers some of these questions.
 
-- "Whilst individuals may feel like there is no hope, some interventions have been shown to be effective for depression. Medication, most commonly Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), can be particularly effective for more severe episodes of depression, although the evidence base for milder depression is less clear."
-- "Over recent years, there has been an increasingly strong body of evidence for a range of psychological interventions to help treat depression, as well as a number of anxiety disorders. The most widely evaluated of these is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is most commonly conducted in weekly therapy sessions one-to- one over a period of weeks or months depending on the nature of the problem and proposed intervention."


Read the full article - online or as a PDF [external links]

Mind and Soul have been partnering with Professor Chris Williams, one of the authors of this article, to bring you an online CBT-based course for depression and anxiety. You can also run the course in your church. See more at www.mindandsoul.info/llttf.
Rob Waller, 19/05/2014