There is evidence that CBT works better than other psychological treatments that are also used to treat depression. However, the effectiveness of other psychological treatments has not been studied as extensively as has CBT. It is the strong evidence base for CBT that makes it a compelling treatment approach when provided by qualified CBT practitioners. It is also possible that several psychological treatments, including CBT, have specific and common active ingredients that help reduce symptoms.
CBT has been demonstrated to be an effective means of treating problems such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, panic attacks, weight loss, smoking and for couples and relationship in general.