Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Beck, J. S. 2010. Cognitive Therapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Cognitive therapy (CT), a system of psychotherapy with an operationalized treatment, is based on an elaborated theory of psychopathology and personality. The theory has been empirically validated in hundreds of cognitive science studies, and the therapy itself has been demonstrated to be effective in hundreds of randomized controlled trials for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, psychological problems, and medical conditions with psychological components (Beck, 2005). Research has shown that CT is highly effective in helping patients not only overcome their disorders but also in preventing relapse (Hollon et al., 2005).