Most influential therapists of the past 25 years

A 2006 survey of 2,598 therapists showed that the 2nd most influential therapist was Aaron T. Beck, M.D. (the 1st most influential was Carl Rogers…). What’s more, 68.7% of the therapists surveyed say that they practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)! This is quite a change from 40 years ago.

5 replies
  1. Alvaro
    Alvaro says:


    Fascinating results overall. I am surprised by the large percentage of therapists practising “mindfulness”, I had no idea it was so common in that setting.

  2. Barbara
    Barbara says:


    Just wanted to get rid of a big THANK YOU!!!!!, to you people from the Beck institute. I`ve been working through a big pile of stuff in my own life last year, and a lot of it was sorting out those “automatic thoughts” in my head, mostly by reading books about CBT (and combining it with other books), doing an internet course, and writing and phoning someone.

    As far as I understand, you people from the Beck institute “invented” these things, right? So a big thank you again, you certainly had a large influence on my life. It`s my birthday, today and it certainly is a much much nicer one then last year 🙂


  3. CT Today
    CT Today says:

    Hello Barbara,

    Thank you very much for all of your positive feedback! You’re right that Dr. Aaron Beck is the founding father of Cognitive Therapy. We’re glad to hear it’s been so helpful to you.

    And Happy Birthday!!! Best regards from all of us at Beck Institute.

  4. Gustavo Manzo
    Gustavo Manzo says:

    I’m a psychology student from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I just want to thank Dr. Aaron Beck for his great job on Cognitive Therapy. He is an inspiration for many students like me. It would be a honour if he could someday visit my country.
    Gustavo Manzo


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