FAQ For Clients
1. What is CBT? Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a general term used to describe a highly structured treatment approach that provides individuals with specific skills and strategies to effectively manage intense negative emotions and respond with effective, rather than self-defeating, behaviors. Other more specific strategies such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) fall under the CBT umbrella. ERP is used for OCD as well as a number of other anxiety disorders. It involves gradual exposure to anxiety provoking situations while resisting any compulsive behavior. ACT is an innovative approach used to help individuals better tolerate negative thoughts and feelings in order to stay committed to their established values and life goals.
2. How long does it take to get results? CBT is designed to be a brief, symptom-focused treatment. The goal is to provide specific skills that clients can then use independently. For mild symptoms, 10 or fewer sessions may be sufficient. However, for more moderate to severe cases, a longer course of treatment might be necessary.
3. How is CBT used for children? CBT strategies are presented in a kid-friendly way so as to make treatment understandable and engaging for children. Working with a therapist who has experience working with children is important to achieve optimal results.
4. How do I know I am working with a qualified professional? Direct inquiry is the best way of determining a practitioner’s level of experience and qualification in a given area. Getting knowledgeable answers to specific questions you might have is the best way to get a sense as to whether or not a therapist is qualified to provide treatment for your specific issue.
5. What are my options if I am unable to afford treatment? If your insurance plan is a PPO, you likely have some coverage for treatment. If you have an HMO, it may be possible to request authorization for out-of-network coverage. Other affordable options include utilizing the Live OCD Free app as a self-help to or as an adjunct to short-term or less frequent treatment, group therapy, or applying for assistance in the case of financial hardship.