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Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT)

Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT)

Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral therapy or I-CBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps people change their relationship to their obsessive thoughts and free them from unhelpful patterns of compulsive behavior.

I-CBT helps clients by collaboratively creating a treatment plan that exposes clients to distressing stimuli while limiting their compulsive response. Exposure may involve being in situations, experiencing objects, mental images, or other stimuli related to worry or obsessional thinking. Preventing compulsive responses may include ending specific behaviors, thought processes or avoidance done to prevent distress. E/RP is often used as a “gold-standard” treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder.

E/RP can help with the following mental health issues:

Many people with OCD benefit from I-CBT. If any of the above issues relate to you, we encourage you to try exposure and response prevention.

Research shows that I-CBT is effective in reducing OCD symptoms that affect people’s functioning in daily life.

I-CBT works to improve clients lives in the following ways:

  • Relating to obsessional thinking in a more supportive way
  • Regaining trust in your rational sensory awareness
  • Reducing time spent “trapped” in the OCD cycle
  • Returning to meaningful activities and important life goals

Like other forms of cognitive behavioral therapy, I-CBT is more than just talking about problems. I-CBT sessions are structured and goal oriented to promote client change and growth.

If you or someone you know would benefit from inference-based cognitive behavioral therapy, please contact us today. We would be happy to speak with you about how we may be able to help.