Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy is a therapeutic technique that was created to help people face their fears. When you are scared of something, you tend to avoid it. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short-term, over time the fear can grow and worsen. Exposure therapy involves exposing the client to the source of the fear (or its context) in a safe environment without the intention to cause any danger. The exposure to the feared situation, object, or activity helps to reduce fear and decrease avoidance. Exposure therapy can be helpful in the treatment of a number of issues, including PTSD, anxiety, OCD, and panic attacks. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s exposure therapy experts today.

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When we feel anxious, we often avoid the things that make us feel anxious. This seems so logical, but really, this doesn't help us. In the long run, when we avoid the things that make us feel anxious, we're actually teaching ourselves that we cannot handle these things. Depending on who I'm working with, I may use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which is considered the gold standard for OCD.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

An excellent part of treatment for panic and anxiety, as well as trauma. Includes Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Written Exposure Therapy, and Prolonged exposure.

— Ann LeFevre, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I have advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) therapy. I utilize exposure therapy to help people with anxiety, panic and OCD.

— Jody Dearborn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have advanced training in Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) therapy. I utilized this form of therapy to help people with anxiety, panic and OCD.

— Jody Dearborn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I use Exposure and Response Prevention to help clients decrease their time spent on intrusive thoughts and rituals and learn to engage with their triggers in a new way. I primarily use ERP for those struggling with OCD, anxiety, phobias, skin picking or hair pulling.

— Kasey Meyer, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

I have been trained in Exposure Response and Prevention for OCD through the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

— Elise Zimmerman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN
 

It's not like in the movies. Exposure therapy is done in very small steps, which are dictated by your comfort level, and designed to help you increase your tolerance of discomfort.

— Sonia Kersevich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Greenbelt, MD

Exposure is a technique we use when working with anxiety and with OCD. It means pushing yourself to do things that feel a little bit difficult. Like talking to people. Or not double checking things. Don't worry! We'll make a list of things starting with the very easiest, and we'll make it fun. Sometimes I'll do the exposures with you so you feel supported. The technical term for this which you may have seen on the internet is Exposure Response Prevention or ERP.

— Stephen Grimes, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

I have completed specialized OCD training with the Behavior Therapy Training Institute which is affiliated with the International OCD Foundation.

— Anna Cross, Licensed Professional Counselor

Exposure therapy is considered the most evidence based treatment for anxiety and OCD. I utilize this approach with those experiencing a phobia, generalized anxiety, PTSD, or obsessive thought patterns.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR