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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exposure and response prevention for anxiety disorders

— Elizabeth Gentzkow, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

ERP is an evidence-based treatment that targets OCD. Clients are exposed to situations and places that trigger his/her OCD symptoms. The goal is that over time the client is able to become desensitized to their fears. Repeatedly facing one’s fears and uncomfortable thoughts allows anxiety to gradually decrease.

— Sarah Soboleski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I use exposure and response prevention therapy to treat OCD, anxiety and related disorders.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I utilize Exposure and Response Prevention to treat child and adolescent anxiety and OCD.

— Tamara Dee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

Exposure therapy helps people confront their fears. People generally avoid the objects, activities or situations of which they are fearful. While this avoidance might feel helpful in the short term, over the long term it can make anxiety even worse. By using exposure therapy in a supportive environment I help my clients face and overcome their fears. Exposure therapy is helpful with phobias, panic, social anxiety, obsessions / compulsions, trauma and generalized anxiety.

— Dr. Laura Simonelli, Psychologist in Harleysville, PA

I am a seasoned expert in all forms of exposure therapy with 2000+ hours of direct experience. It is the gold-standard of treatment for all anxiety disorders and OCD. There are many forms of exposure therapy. Each are designed to address avoidance which perpetuates anxiety disorders and OCD. Exposure therapy requires the flexibility to leave the office and go wherever your anxiety needs us to go (driving, heights, crowds, and so much more).

— Michael Heady, Licensed Professional Counselor in Towson, MD

Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Graduate- International OCD Foundation

— Emily Weems, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

Exposure Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that targets OCD. Clients are exposed to situations and places that trigger his/her OCD symptoms. The goal is that over time the client is able to become desensitized to their fears. Repeatedly facing one’s fears and uncomfortable thoughts allow anxiety to gradually decrease.

— Sarah Soboleski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 training in exposure and response prevention therapy through the BTTI program through the International OCD Foundation.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

At the heart of exposure therapy is the ability to break-down challenges, approaching the challenge in one bite-size chunk at a time. It has reliably been shown to be a central element of many forms of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have received extensive training in the implementation of exposure therapies across multiple conditions, including anxiety disorders and PTSD.

— Brian Buzzella, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA

When we feel anxious, we often avoid the things that make us feel anxious. I have a great deal of experience in using exposure therapy with my clients as a way to help teach my clients that things are not as scary as they believe they are. This therapy is something that I often use when I am working with clients who are feeling anxious or panicked. And it is often used with other therapies.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am BTTI trained by the International OCD Foundation in Exposure Response Prevention. This is considered the best way to treat OCD and anxiety disorders. Exposure therapy focuses on helping you learn to tolerate the uncomfortable feelings of anxiety in order to retrain your brain to stop sending the distress signal in the first place.

— Cory Anton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have over 20 years' experience successfully working with clients using exposure. I have used this approach in treating a wide range of anxiety concerns (e.g., social phobia, panic, health anxiety, claustrophobia) as well as post-traumatic stress. I keep current on developments in exposure therapy through reading, professional conference attendance, and participation in continuing education seminars. I have also published research examining use of exposure in treating post-traumatic stress.

— Christine Scher, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA

I have worked with severe anxiety (OCD, Social Anxiety Disorders, Phobias) and eating disorders and have utilized exposure therapy as part of the treatments. Exposures are shown to be effective with anxiety, and I will work with you so that we can plan for them to be achievable and facilitate growth. I will teach you how to effectively handle the anxiety that comes with exposures. Let us work together to face your fears and open up your world.

— Stephanie Wang, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have 50 hours of training in Exposure and Response Therapy which is effective for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety issues.

— Lynne Coon, Counselor in Portland, OR

We are a training site and focus highly on evidenced based practices. ERP is one of the primary ones we use to train our team and teach our guests. We have ERP facilitators on the staff and are highly staffed in this area. We have run bootcamps for ERP and our team weekly incorporate exposures into our consultations and into our sessions.

— Willis Counseling & Consulting Group Practice, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

I have used Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) with many clients suffering from eating disorders and anxiety. I have collaborated with dietitians when working with food exposures for clients who have eating disorders.

— Cassandra Kotlarchik, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA

I will help you feel better using exposure therapy to reduce your anxiety, decrease your avoidance of dreaded situations, and improve your quality of life.

— Crecenra Boyd, Licensed Professional Counselor

Exposure Therapy is a highly effective type of therapy for anxiety disorders including OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Exposure therapy is usually used in combination with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anxiety leads people to avoid, but unfortunately avoidance only fuels anxiety. I help people face and overcome their fears so they can spend their energy on living life to its fullest.

— Kathryn Tipton, Counselor in Houston, TX

OCD requires a specialized form of treatment called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). ERP is a specific form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinically researched and tested for treating OCD. There are decades of research documenting the effectiveness of ERP, and it is widely recognized as the gold standard in OCD treatment.

— Joshua Kaplan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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