Tics & Tourettes

Helping you regain control of tics

Do you suffer from motor or vocal tics that interfere with your daily life and cause you distress? Do you feel like you have little control over your tics and have difficulty managing them? You don’t have to suffer alone. Our therapists are trained to help you regain control of your tics using science-backed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Tics (CBIT)

What Are Tics?

Tics are sudden, involuntary movements or sounds that people make repeatedly. These can be either motor tics (involuntary movements of muscles) or vocal tics (involuntary sounds or speech). Some examples of tics include:

⦿ Eye blinking

⦿ Throat clearing

⦿ Facial grimacing

⦿ Repetitive movements of the limbs.

Tics are relatively common in the UK. They are more commonly diagnosed in children, with boys being diagnosed more frequently than girls. While most tics are mild and transient, some can be severe and have a significant impact on daily life. It is important for individuals with tics to seek support from a healthcare professional to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.


 

What Causes Tics?

Tics are complex and can be caused by a variety of biological, social, and behavioral factors.

Some biological factors that can contribute to the development of tics include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure and function, and imbalances in neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.

Social factors such as stress and anxiety can also trigger or exacerbate tics, while environmental factors such as toxins and infections have been linked to the development of tic disorders.

Additionally, certain behavioral patterns such as tic suppression can actually worsen tics over time. It is important to understand the underlying causes of tics in order to develop effective treatment plans that address the specific needs of each individual.

About the author of this service

Miss. Laura Gwilt
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist

Laura is a specialist in the assessment and management of tics.

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What Does Therapy Involve?

During therapy, your practitioner will work with you to identify the thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns that are maintaining your tics. This may involve monitoring and tracking your tics, as well as identifying triggers and situations that may exacerbate them.

Once you have identified these patterns, your therapist will teach you how to replace them with a range of coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and a lifestyle management tools. These techniques may include relaxation training, habit reversal training, and cognitive restructuring.

I found Laura to be friendly, compassionate and really understanding of my tics. She allowed me to be myself in the therapy room and made me feel like I wasn’t being judged for being myself. After 3 sessions my life has completely changed and I’m close to being tic free! – Verified Client Review

With your therapist, you will work through several stages to manage your tics, including:

⦿ Identifying negative patterns of thoughts that lead to tics

⦿ Challenging underlying thoughts and behaviors that generate setbacks

⦿ The development of coping mechanisms to manage tic urges and urges to engage in compulsions

⦿ Working towards other more positive values in your life

⦿ Problem-solving and solution-focused skills

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