Portland Anxiety Clinic

What is Evidence Based Practice?


Not all mental health treatments are equally effective.

It is imperative that people looking for a treatment provider become informed as some therapy interventions may work better than others.

Evidence Based Practices (EBP) are treatment interventions that are based on scientific evidence and research. Many EBPs have been studied in numerous large-scale clinical trials comparing EBPs to other psychological interventions. Numerous studies suggest that EBPs can significantly reduce psychological symptoms for many years after psychological treatment ends while similar evidence for other types of therapy is not available.

EBP therapies are listed as the ‘preferred’ and ‘Best Practice’ interventions for psychological treatment by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

The most commonly used EBP approach for the treatment of anxiety and depression involves cognitive behavior therapy. CBT has been proven effective in treating symptoms in children, adolescents and adults.