Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an evidence-based modality for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In ERP, clients work with a trained therapist to learn how to gradually expose themselves to thoughts, images and situations that provoke anxiety without engaging in compulsions to soothe the anxiety. This gradual exposure leads to the reduction of anxiety over time, "retraining" your brain to no longer see these things as a threat.

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I completed a 40 hour training, engage in weekly consultation, and have had numerous clients with OCD.

— Claire Thomas, Licensed Master of Social Work in Wexford, PA

I was trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) by professionals that have been in the field for decades! I enjoy using this approach to help reduce anxiety as it is effective and can be a short term treatment. I enjoy working with client's who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and have seen them get better quickly with this approach.

— Cori Brittain, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I draw from evidence based modalities backed by data in order to help you work through obstacles for an improvement in your quality of life.

— Miranda Chatfield, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aurora, CO

Exposure and Response/Ritual Prevention (ERP), a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is largely considered to be the gold standard for OCD treatment. ERP involves deliberate exposure to feared/distressing stimuli and prevention of ritualized behaviors. Research also supports the use of traditional CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which can both supplement ERP treatment.

— Nicole Cuttita, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I have extensive experience working with clients of all ages struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When applying this treatment, I aim to psycho-educate my client and their family (if appropriate) on the nature of OCD. I also work to help my clients understand how facing the feared stimuli as well as resisting the compulsive urge can decrease their anxiety. I have worked with OCD tendencies that present as bedtime rituals, confessions, fear of germs, bathroom tendencies, etc.

— Brooke Rawls, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have significant experience and continued trainings on OCD and usage of Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. This is a collaborative process between me and my clients!

— Deanna Aliperti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I use ERP to disrupt the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) cycle. ERP has more scientific evidence behind it than any other approach for OCD and is therefore considered the “gold standard”. Through gradual, systematic real life (in-vivo) and imaginal exposure combined with ritual prevention you too can learn how to reduce your distress and reclaim your life from OCD.

— Regina Lazarovich, Clinical Psychologist in Scotts Valley, CA

In cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders, I utilize ERP to gently guide clients through confronting their fears and resisting compulsive responses. This evidence-based approach allows individuals to regain control over their lives and find freedom from the grips of anxiety.

— Kelly Dunn, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Chicago, IL

I will help you to identify your obsessions and compulsions. We will then challenge the validity of your obsessions and develop a hierarchy of obsessions from least anxiety provoking to the most anxiety provoking. I will then gradually expose you to your obsessions reducing your fear and anxiety which will significantly reduce compulsions.

— Joseph Roth, Clinical Social Worker