Some interesting points MiniMoose, and I don't wish to derail the thread, but I would be very cautious about discouraging people against the choice that is out there by proclaiming CBT the best therapeutic approach for such issues as depression. I am wary with this 'best proven' statement as firstly CBT is currently having a lot of funding invested into it and so we're being exposed to far more published articles of its accomplishments when compared with the other approaches, and secondly, much of the research has been based on short-term studies ignoring relapse rates. But more importantly, with such a focus on correcting negative thought processes (whether with the aid of a book or a behavioural therapist) I would not agree that the client is less passive in directing themselves towards health, and worse, this takes the shift away from the development of a therapeutic relationship which is of such importance considering the majority of people are coming to these services with issues around relational impoverishment in its many forms. And, more often than not the way we learn to relate to others does go back to our early experiences and attachments, and therefore I wouldn't see the 'not talking about your childhood' (which many people will glady avoid as it can be so painful for them) a necessarily positive of CBT. In fact, what the research has shown consistently is that it is not even the therapeutic approach but rather the relationship between the client and counsellor/therapist that is the vital aspect of succesful work. So I'd suggest that if LostinReverie did decide to consider this option he shop around until he found the person that felt right for him.