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 therapy used with OCD symptoms and issues.

— Terri Parker, Clinical Social Worker in Denton, TX

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

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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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 in ,

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

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

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

exposure and response prevention for anxiety disorders

— Elizabeth Gentzkow, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 in ,

PE is a behavioral treatment for PTSD that involves gradual exposure to trauma-related situations and thoughts/memories that are distressing or avoided. It is based on the premise that avoidance interferes with emotional processing of the traumatic event(s). Through the structured exposure process, anxiety/distress reduces and individuals are able to more easily cope with trauma reminders and memories and not have to engage in avoidance or suppression techniques to cope.

— Michelle Pitts, Psychologist in San Diego, CA

Anxiety tells us to avoid situations but exposure to those things we fear helps us be brave and overcome those feelings. I help design a hierarchy or ladder of these fears so we ca start with the easiest ones to help feel empowered and successful as we then tackle the harder items on your list.

— Kristen Criado, Psychologist in San Antonio, 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

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

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