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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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
 

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 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
 

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

I was trained internally by well-known psychologists at Rogers Behavioral Health, as I developed my early clinical career within that organization before moving on to graduate level education. It became my favorite therapy modality, and I continue to practice and specialize in exposure work daily.

— Hilary Stein, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

Exposures are a form of experiential (interactive) treatment which works to lower the somatic (physical) response to trauma. During treatment a client is slowly exposed to situations, places, or fears that cause distress, of course with safety as a priority, with desired outcome being a diminished response. One form of exposure is ERP which specifically works on reduction of response and ritual in OCD. Studies show ERP to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for OCD.

— Dorothy Smith, Counselor in Centreville, VA

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
 

If you're suffering with OCD, ERP is the most effective treatment to get rid of those scary thougths.

— Karisma Silacci, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Clovis, CA

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 Response Prevention therapy is the "gold standard" for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias, and similar anxiety disorders. There are a limited number of therapists in Iowa who provide this specialized therapy, but it is THE MOST EFFECTIVE therapy for OCD!

— Judy Nemmers, Clinical Social Worker in , IA

Anxiety fosters avoidance which fosters anxiety. Working in a systematic and guided way, approaching and experiencing that which we fear reduces anxiety and distress.

— Sheryl Pierre, Psychologist in Moorestown, NJ
 

Exposure and Response therapy used with OCD symptoms and issues.

— Terri Parker, Clinical Social Worker in Denton, TX

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 therapy to help kids and young adults learn to confront their fears in helpful ways. The goal is to help reduce fear and avoidance behaviors in both the short and over the long term. Fear can be a powerful emotion resulting in very strong avoidance and escape negative behavior patterns. There are several variations of exposure therapy and together we will determine which strategy is best for your child so that they can live more anxiety free.

— J. Oni Dakhari, Psychologist in Moorestown, NJ

I am certified in Prolonged Exposure therapy, an intensive, time-limited and thoroughly researched method for treating PTSD. I use some of those aspects in treating anxiety-based disorders such as OCD and panic disorder.

— Jennifer Brey, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
 

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 is the gold standard treatment for OCD and phobias, and helps individuals challenge their intrusive, oftentimes frightening thoughts and learn to tolerate and manage them in a way to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

— Emily Vinych, Counselor in Lakewood, CO