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About Theresa


About Theresa


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Inference-Based CBT


Inference-based CBT targets what is called "inferential confusion." Inferential confusion is the main reasoning process that's responsible for OCD, according to this theory. This is a reasoning process someone has when they suffer from OCD and is when a person distrust their senses, including their common sense and their sense of self, while also getting absorbed in their imagination and a story.  The I-CBT treatment program aims to bring resolution of the obsessional doubts through a unique and stepped treatment program.
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Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) is grounded in the Behavioral Therapy theories of fear and avoidance. Behavioral Therapy views psychological disorders as learned or conditioned behaviors that can be unlearned and changed through behavioral modification. Due to its conception as a behavioral approach, ERP targets behaviors in treatment. ERP aims to teach individuals that they can handle the scary responses, do nothing about them, and learn that they can be OK. This helps the person learn that they are safe, even if OCD says they might not be.

A Bit More About Theresa

Theresa (she/they) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 11 years’ experience in providing evidence-based treatment to individuals and families. ​They began their career in behavioral health and worked in community mental health facilities, a transitional housing program, crisis services, an Assertive Community Treatment team, and a hospital inpatient and emergency department.

​In 2021, she entered private practice and founded Olympic OCD Services. With this new endeavor, she channeled her lived experience and clinical expertise into helping people suffering from OCD find relief and experience recovery from OCD’s torment.

She played an important role in the dissemination of I-CBT in the United States by creating one of the first weekly I-CBT group consultations for professionals. She has introduced I-CBT to dozens of clinicians, and her lived experience and recovery from OCD offer a valued perspective on effective treatment. She is also a co-founder of the OCD Lived Experience Collective whose mission is to bring relief to as many people as possible through education, advocacy, and therapeutic work.

Theresa collaborates frequently with Fred Aardema, the co-creator of I-CBT. She brings her expertise, energy, and enthusiasm to support clinicians treating OCD through I-CBT (and ERP) training and consultation. She recognizes and advocates for the importance of intersectionality and identity in clinical practice. Theresa's approach is trauma informed, collaborative, engaging, and compassionate. She enjoys laughing and integrating humor in the recovery process. 


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