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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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.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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. This was one of the main approaches used at the treatment center I worked at for eight years.

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

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 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
 

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

Exposure Therapy is based on the premise that anxiety disorders are maintained by avoidance of things and situations that scare us, and that this avoidance limits our freedom and prevents us from having new learning experiences that would challenge the beliefs that lead us to avoid.

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

Exposure therapy is a technique developed to help people confront fears in an incremental and systematic way. In the long term, avoiding a feared objects, activities, or situations the anxiety becomes worse because the person never learns how to cope with the distressing feelings associated with it. Through exposure we learn that their is no real danger and ultimately have the opportunity to live fuller lives.

— Sarah Glidden, Counselor in Portland, OR

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 use exposure therapy to treat OCD and most anxiety disorders. I have also used it to treat some BFRBs.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO

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
 

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