Reform the NICE guidelines and end the bias towards Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in the IAPT programme

Andy Rogers
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We, the undersigned providers and/or users of counselling and psychotherapy, call upon the Department of Health to instigate an urgent independent investigation into the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the use of psychological therapies in the NHS. These guidelines currently display unwarranted and well documented bias in favour of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Their formulation involved inadequate representation of and consultation with the counselling and psychotherapy field, and relied upon a very narrow range of research methodologies which fail to do justice to clients’ subjective experience and the complexity of human interaction.

We ask that urgent independent reviews be undertaken of the vast body of existing research findings on the efficacy of counselling and psychotherapy, studies which typically do not regard them as medical-style interventions for diagnosed illnesses or 'disorders', nor rest exclusively on the objectification of emotional and psychological distress.

We further call for an end to NICE’s discriminatory and unscientific bias towards CBT and the influence this is having over the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme, the combined impact of which is drastically reducing access to, and threatening the very existence of, a diverse range of clinically effective therapeutic approaches which have thrived for many decades; depriving the public – against Government policy – of the choice, effectiveness and flexibility of services that clients are known to value.

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  • Dr Ann Marie Harrison
    Dr Ann Marie Harrison United Kingdom
    Mar 13, 2016
    Mar 13, 2016
    Having been an employee of an IAPT service I cannot advocate working within a 'one size fits all' manner. As an integrative therapist, a highly skilled one at that, i was forced to become a private practitioner. I see clients who will not invest in nhs iapt service because they are largely unhappy about being made to feel 'faliures' because they do not want to fill in endless forms for therapists who manulaise their treatments and cannot deviate from that manual, or agenda based practices. I would call these services RAPT i that they restrict access to psychological therapirs in order to stay with a medicalised, safety net, way of working eith no psychology training in their bacground. Nursrs with one year of training does not make a psychological therapist.
  • Emily Morris
    Emily Morris United Kingdom, Bradford
    Dec 09, 2015
    Dec 09, 2015
    Really good therapists are being denied the chance to work effectively because of this ridiculous one size fits all approach. People with complex needs are expected to 'recover' in six weeks and therapists are put under pressure to achieve 50% recovery rate outcomes which is unrealistic at best and at worst leads to unethical manipulation of clients to ensure that their test scores improve. The compassion is being sucked out of the service and excellent practitioners are being wasted.
  • Brian Mynott
    Brian Mynott United Kingdom, Wakefield
    Jul 06, 2015
    Jul 06, 2015
    As a professional Trauma Therapist and surivivor I fully agree with this
  • Nic
    Apr 20, 2015
    Apr 20, 2015
    I am alive today because of Person Centred (ie Rogerian/Humanistic) therapy. It is harder to quantify the impacts than CBT but provides a solid life-long grounding for recovery and growth - by addressing the human at the heart of mental health problems, rather than focussing on specific behavioural manifestations of those problems.
    Mental health is too important to not listen to a wide breadth of academic input, even if the conclusions are more expensive or time-consuming.
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