The Research Behind Joyable

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Joyable is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the leading treatment for social anxiety.

CBT is supported by decades of clinical research and endorsed by the leading mental health organizations. It’s a set of structured exercises demonstrated to be effective at treating many mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and eating disorders.

Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, CBT is:

  • goal-oriented
  • focused on the present
  • conducted for a finite period of time

CBT teaches anxiety reduction skills that people can use for the rest of their lives. Research shows the benefits of a single course of CBT can last for 10 years. These skills include:

  • identifying unhelpful thoughts
  • recognizing thinking errors, such as “catastrophizing” or “fortune-telling”
  • restructuring negative thoughts with evidence
  • creating space for rational, more helpful thoughts
  • conquering challenging social situations

What is the theory behind CBT?

CBT is based on the premise that how we perceive situations influences our emotions. Learning to restructure and control these thoughts are core skills that CBT teaches.

For example, if your friend is running late to dinner, you could interpret that multiple ways. One way is to think that your friend isn’t making you a priority, in which case you might feel hurt or upset. Another possible interpretation is that your friend got stuck in traffic, in which case you might feel neutral.

Many situations are like this, in which you are trying to interpret situations in which you don’t know exactly why something happened. CBT helps you control these negative thoughts.

Cycle of Anxiety

How effective is CBT for social anxiety?

CBT is the most effective treatment for social anxiety. It is recommended by leading mental health organizations including the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the U.K. National Health Service (NHS).

A recent meta-analysis of over 100 research studies on social anxiety demonstrated that CBT “should be regarded as the best intervention for the initial treatment of social anxiety disorder.”

Research has shown that individuals continue to see declines in their social anxiety one year after completing CBT and maintain those gains ten years later.

CBT research

How effective is online CBT?

Studies have shown that online CBT is as effective as in-person therapy, resulting in the same substantial, long-term anxiety reduction.

This research shows that if you complete the CBT activities, you will see the same benefit as in-person CBT.

We offer clients support from a dedicated coach for encouragement and accountability.

Joyable, an online program based on CBT

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