Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A short-term, goal-oriented
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving.
Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.
CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.
The client and therapist are work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles that they can apply whenever they need to, and that’ll last them a lifetime.
Effective for OCD
The most effective treatments for OCD are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication. CBT treatment includes Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), which has the strongest evidence supporting its use in the treatment of OCD.
Dr. Patricia Wicks and Chris Wicks are highly trained in using CBT and E/RP. They both received advanced training from the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI); which is advanced specialized training for OCD.
Medications can only be prescribed by a licensed medical professional (such as your physician or a psychiatrist). If you are interested in medication, your therapist can work together with your doctor to develop a treatment plan. Taken together, ER/P and medication are considered the “first-line” treatments for OCD.
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