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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) are two evidence based practices that have been proven to help people work anxiety, depression, OCD and more. Often these models are designed to typically be used in a short term therapy model. Short term therapy is typically focused on 1-2 issues and typically lasts between 8-12 sessions and typically focus on 1 or 2 issues.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on how our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all interconnected and how each impacts another. CBT is typically used to help change a thought pattern or unhelpful behavior such as depression, anxiety, avoidance and much more. Out of session work is a weekly part of CBT.


Exposure and Response Prevention is a technique that was developed for OCD. I have found this method to be really great in addressing OCD, social anxiety and other phobias. Although I am trained in working with those who experience OCD, I do not do officially diagnosis at this time. Know that ERP can and will cause feelings of destress and uncomfortably but you are not always walking along on this path.


While both CBT and ERP typically do not go into your pasts, I do not use a one fits all approach and we might include some digging into your past. CBT and ERP can be used along with talk therapy, which I find has been most helpful with my clients.

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