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CBT for tics - What is it? (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Jan 02, 2023

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that aims to modify negative patterns of thought and behavior. It is based on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs influence our feelings and actions. In the case of Tics, the action is through a movement of the body. 

CBT involves identifying and changing negative or unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to psychological (and physical) distress. It is a collaborative process between the therapist and the patient, and it usually involves structured sessions in which the therapist helps the patient to identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts, and to learn new, more adaptive ways of thinking and behaving.

CBT can be used to treat a wide range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, substance abuse as well as motor & vocal tics. It is often considered a first-line treatment for these conditions because it has been shown to be effective in...

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