Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) is a therapy model developed specifically for the treatment of chronic depression. Chronic depression refers to a type of depression that has been persistent for at least two years for adults (one year for adolescents), and has often arisen as a result of traumatic experiences or interpersonal dysfunction with one’s significant others (family, childhood friends, etc).
CBASP aims to connect you with the interpersonal world you live in and teach you how to make yourself feel better emotionally, by negotiating your interpersonal relationships to achieve desirable outcomes. In psychotherapy, patients are taught that their interpersonal behaviour has specific consequences and in learning to recognise what these consequences are, patients become perceptually connected/reconnected to their environment (others).
How does it work?
CBASP follows a very structured process that focuses on the relationship with the therapist who teaches you a range of techniques to use that will help you relieve symptoms and manage your depression.
Is it effective?
There is a large and growing amount of research supporting CBASP’s effectiveness for treating chronic depression. Clinical outcomes indicate that CBASP is a more effective therapy when depression has become chronic or treatment resistant.
One large scale study found that 85% of patients who used a combination of medication and CBASP improved significantly in measures of depression (Keller, 2000).