EDI is being increasingly integrated by leading clinical programs into evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In these situations, EDI enhances proven therapeutic approaches by allowing the expression of complex thoughts, feelings, and experiences that are often inaccessible through words.
This is an example of the use of EDI with CBT in the creation of a typical CBT “Thought Journal.” In this EDI version, images are used to express a personal situation, the unhealthy thoughts/feelings that can result, and the “alternative” thoughts/feelings based on clinical intervention. This can be compared with a traditional text-based thought journal also depicted here.
The EDI Institute plans to conduct scientific research comparing text-based vs. EDI-based CBT, with an emphasis on understanding the clinical impact on long-term outcomes.