Disadvantages of cognitive behavioural therapy

In order to benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) you need to ensure that you give a considerable level of commitment and involvement.

Due to the structured nature of CBT, it may not be suitable for people who have more complex mental health needs, or learning difficulties.

Some critics of CBT argue that because the therapy only addresses current problems, and focuses on very specific issues, it does not address the possible underlying causes of mental health conditions, such as an unhappy childhood.

Last updated: 14 December 2011