The Kiplinger website lists cognitive behavior therapy as a promising career choice for the next decade. Based on its promising income growth, allowance for a good work-life balance, and social impact, Kiplinger lists cognitive behavior therapist as one of the 13 best jobs for the next ten years. Kiplinger also cites the newly passed Mental Health Parity Act, which requires insurance companies to cover mental health treatment as they would physical health treatment, as a reason for this distinction. Since CBT is shorter and more efficacious than traditional psychotherapy, many insurance companies will require cognitive behavior therapy as the standard treatment over other psychotherapies. A rise in the demand for cognitive behavioral therapists is thus expected.
Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been demonstrated to be effective for many disorders in hundreds of clinical trials — it’s one of the most widely tested forms of psychotherapy. As CT becomes increasingly favored among consumers and insurance companies, many therapists are now “saying” that they practice CT, even if they have not actually received sufficient training. Often, they may simply be incorporating some elements of CT into their practice, without fully delivering actual Cognitive Therapy treatment.
In 1998, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (who developed Cognitive Therapy in the 1960s) and other leaders in the field established a non-profit certifying organization, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), to serve consumers, thoroughly evaluate therapists, and certify those who are truly qualified Cognitive Therapists. If you’re looking for a good Cognitive Therapist, we recommend that you search for an ACT-Certified Cognitive Therapist.
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a leading international source for training, therapy, and resources in CBT.
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