The type of psychotherapy with the most research behind it is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which consists of an array of techniques aimed at transforming self-defeating thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. For example, in this type of counseling patients learn to identify their dysfunctional thoughts—such as exaggerations and black-and-white thinking—and stop or minimize this type of damaging thinking, which contributes to making depression worse.

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REBT, which stands for Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy, is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is effective in treating all types of issues, including depression. It is a short-term, effective method that can be learned, and used in your life outside the therapist’s office.  

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