Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is one of the most common treatments for many different mental health conditions. This talking therapy aims to help people by identifying unhelpful thoughts and patterns of behaviour and promoting new ways of thinking. It’s used to treat a variety of common conditions, such as anxiety and depression – and is even used to help manage physical health conditions, such as chronic pain, cancer and diabetes.
CBT is also the most researched psychological therapy in the world. Once it was shown to be helpful for one condition, researchers began testing it across many others. But though plenty of time, money, and resources have been put into investigating the effectiveness of CBT, our recent study has shown that only a small proportion of the research is known to have included data from non-white ethnic groups. This means we may not fully know if CBT actually does work equally well for people from different ethnic groups, religions and cultural groups.
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