CRT Frequently Asked Questions:

Who benefits from Cognitive Remediation Therapy?

Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) is effective when combined with typical treatments for various mental health disorders. CRT can be beneficial to those living with wide range of mental health conditions including:

  • Schizophrenia

  • Major Depressive Disorder

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

  • Anorexia Nervosa

How long is CRT?

The number of CRT sessions varies depending on the individual's cognitive issues and their needs. Typically, most CRT programs involve between 3 and 6 months of therapy. The average length of treatment is about 16 weeks. Individuals with more severe deficits or with comorbid mental health diagnoses may need more sessions before improvements are made, however this is not always the case. 

How well does CRT work for those with schizophrenia?

Many controlled trials of CRT in adults experiencing schizophrenia have demonstrated effectiveness in improving various cognitive domains including attention, memory, planning, and problem solving. Some researchers also speculate that cognitive deficits are more amenable to remediation during earlier, rather than later, phases of schizophrenia. Therefore, CRT is encouraged to be a key component of early intervention programs that seek to produce long-lasting functional changes in the early courses of schizophrenia. Some studies have suggested that CRT approaches lead to farther-reaching effects (i.e., improvements in other domains of cognition), but more work still needs to be done in this area.