What is cognitive behavioural therapy for depression? Also known as CBT, it is a common type of therapy that is often used in the place of medication when treating depression. This type of treatment has even been shown, for some people, to work just as well or better than using medication. CBT is typically used as a solution for individuals with mild or moderate forms of depression; should a highly skilled therapist be available, such as those found at our Save Minds, it may also be used to treat severe cases of depression. CBT also draws some of its strengths from its ability to be combined with treatments in order to optimise treatments for certain/ specific types of patients.