Why Cognitive Behavior Therapy Can be an Effective Treatment Option for OCD
At CBT Counseling Centers, we pride ourselves in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to our patients who are suffering from OCD. If you or someone you know has been suffering from OCD, let our evidence-based counseling team assist you with your treatment. At CBT Counseling Centers, we can show you how cognitive behavior therapy can be an effective treatment option for OCD.
What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Before we divulge into how we help to effectively treat OCD, we should first give you some background on our therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy which helps to improve your overall mental health. CBT therapists often look to analyze specific episodes or problematic thoughts that may be causing the client distress. As a blanket statement, cognitive behavioral therapy helps to redirect our clients with effective coping strategies when they are faced with distress or other problems throughout their lives.
Treating OCD with Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD, is a disease in which unreasonable thoughts or fears begin to lead into compulsive behaviors. Most everyone has heard of OCD as there are over 200,000 cases in the U.S. each year. The latest comprehensive cognitive model of OCD suggests that obsessive thoughts can be a normal thing for any individual. However, when people with OCD experience those obsessive thoughts, it is coupled with anxiety which leads to the compulsive rituals. CBT is known to be an effective treatment option for OCD as it focuses on getting the client to accept the symptoms of their OCD as part of their illness. However, CBT then wants to guide those clients to the realization that the obsessive content is not a predictor of the future, and that it does not reflect badly on them. When CBT is used correctly with OCD clients, patients learn to tolerate their anxiety. They learn that their worst fears have no basis or foundation. Once this realization is achieved, their obsessive thoughts have been shown to reduce in frequency or even stop all together.
At CBT Counseling Centers, we are here to help you with your obsessive-compulsive disorder. We have licensed therapists that specialize in cognitive behavior therapy and the treatment of OCD. We believe that cognitive behavior therapy can be an effective treatment for you. For more information about cognitive behavior therapy or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (828) 350-1177.