What is CBIT
The Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT) program is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and habit reversal training that consists of weekly 1-1 video chat sessions for individuals whose goal is to significantly reduce tics and associated symptoms in a short amount of time. CBIT is systematically designed to teach self-awareness of one tic at a time, then using a specific protocol - implement an alternative movement that is incompatible with the tic. This process is reinforced through daily use of strategies and will result in a significant reduction of tics. This process is repeated and adapted for each tic the individual has. Throughout the program, the individual will learn strategies to increase confidence, advocacy skills and reduce sensory hypersensitivities, anxiety, and co-morbid OCD.
What to expect with CBIT:
* Understand the process of how tics occur and impact the brain and body
* Learn how to detect when the tic is about to occur and use an alternative movement to block the tic from happening
* Identify potential triggers that influence tics and use effective strategies to decrease tics in various environments and situations
CBIT Therapy is a leader in the management of a Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) commonly referred to as TikTok Tics or Functional Tic-like Behaviors. This condition includes a sudden onset of alarming tic-like behaviors in response to anxiety, depression, isolation, and often misleading social media related to Tourette Syndrome. In 2020 the Calgary Tic Disorders Clinical Registry referred to TikTok Tics as Functional Tic-Like Behaviors (FTLBs) and is tracking the trend closely. The condition is extremely disabling and many individuals seek help to reduce these behaviors and return to functional living.
I am an occupational therapist who has been practicing for 24 years working with children and adults in a variety of environments to include pediatric outpatient and private practice as well as home health. I am certified in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) by the Tourette Association of America. Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about CBIT and how I may be able to help you!
Currently, I am not in-network with any insurance companies. I am happy to provide you with weekly invoices and superbills if you would like to submit to insurance for reimbursement. Cost of services is available upon request. Referrals from providers can be sent via fax at 704-459-5074.
Wendi Mulligan, OTR/L