A simple type of psychotherapy known as behavioral activation is not inferior to the gold-standard cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in reducing depression symptoms, found one of the largest trials of psychological treatment for depression to date (Richards DA et al. Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31140-0 [published July 22, 2016]). The authors also note that there may be a health care cost advantage to behavioral activation because it can be delivered by mental health workers with no formal training in psychological therapies.
Anita Slomski. Simple, Less Expensive Psychotherapy Effective for Depression. JAMA. 2016;316(12):1250. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.13587