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.