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Oliver James – CBT does not work

March 23, 2009

Labour’s love affair with the “market” contaminates everything is tries to do:

A second high-profile clinical psychologist has delivered a hard-hitting criticism of cognitive-behavioural therapy CBT claiming it is simplistic and “does not work”

Dr Oliver James accused government ministers of being “downright dishonest” when they claimed that new NHS CBT-trained therapists will cure half of 900,00 people of their depression and anxiety.

““There is not a single scientific study which supports that claim,” says Dr James.

“Being cheap, quick and simplistic, CBT naturally appeals to the government. Yet the fact is, it doesn’t work,” added Dr James.

His attack in a newspaper column follows that of clinical psychologist Dorothy Rowe. Writing for psychminded.co.uk Dr Rowe said CBT was a “Labour quick fix”.

http://www.psychminded.co.uk/news/news2009/march09/oliver-james-cbt003.htm

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