CBT vs. Ex/RP – What’s the Difference?

Here’s the story:  You hear that someone can help treat your OCD using Cognitive – Behavioural Therapy or, CBT.  The problem is that CBT is a very big umbrella term encompassing a wide variety of techniques.  One technique of CBT in particular works for Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder.  Only one.  It’s Exposure and Ritual Prevention.   You need to ensure Ex/RP is a specialization for the provider in question, because it is a highly specialized treatment (new blog post on this coming soon)! 

Typical CBT techniques do not work for OCD – I discussed these in more detail in my previous blog post.  

Ex/RP is the gold standard treatment for OCD.  Do not just take my word for it:  there is plenty of research demonstrating its effectiveness.  Look for articles under the News section of my website, or Google it! 

In summary – CBT is an umbrella term that covers a lot.  Ex/RP is specialized treatment for OCD.