Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Depression Post SCI

Mrs. Miller is reluctant to start more medication as she is “not a pill person”’. Her therapy team encourages her to give this treatment a try as it may help her participation and recovery. Mrs. Miller would like to try non-pharmacological approaches to treating her depression. She is referred to Psychology for an assessment and possible treatment.
Q18. What is cognitive behavioural therapy for depression in individuals with SCI?
1. The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy" is a general term for a class of psychotherapies which examines an individual’s beliefs and thought processes that underlie their mood and behaviour. The goal is to help identify and modify an individual’s cognitive distortions which lead to erroneous negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world.
Q19. What evidence is there for cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in individuals with SCI?
1. Cognitive behavioral interventions provided in a group setting appear helpful in reducing post-SCI depression and related difficulties. (Level 2 evidence).