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The practice and research of cognitive behavioural therapy in Egypt: a review of the current status

  • Reham Aly (a1), Hisham Ramy (a2) and Shanaya Rathod (a3)

Abstract

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is generally defined as a short-term, problem-oriented psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, thoughts and actions. In clinical practice, CBT consists of a number of cognitive and behavioural techniques that aim to help patients suffering from psychological disorders. The practice of CBT is well established in Western countries. In non-Western countries, CBT is still in the process of being established as the evidence-based psychotherapy. Despite being the heart of the Arab world, the development and practice of psychotherapy in Egypt in general, and CBT specifically, is still emerging. The training and practice of CBT has received a mixed response in Egypt. In practical settings, evidence-based CBT is subject to individual and cultural variations and adaptations. Many local studies examining the efficacy of CBT in psychiatric disorders among different population groups in Egypt have been conducted. Unfortunately, many of these studies have not been published and therefore have missed the opportunity for international recognition. The current review aims to explore the practice of CBT with a specific focus on national research of efficacy and adaptability of CBT for different populations in Egypt.

Key learning aims

  1. (1) Current status of the practice and education of CBT in Egypt.

  2. (2) Body of research conducted on CBT in Egypt.

  3. (3) Needs and recommendations for further development of CBT provision in Egypt.

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*Corresponding author. Email: rehamaaly@hotmail.com

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The practice and research of cognitive behavioural therapy in Egypt: a review of the current status

  • Reham Aly (a1), Hisham Ramy (a2) and Shanaya Rathod (a3)

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  • Reham Aly (a1), Hisham Ramy (a2) and Shanaya Rathod (a3)
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