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 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
 

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 therapy is the treatment choice for a variety of anxiety-related disorders and is the most effective method in the treatment of OCD (also known as ERP, Exposure Response Prevention). The exposure is usually done gradually and rapidly, to enhance desensitization. Exposure therapy is also used to treat trauma and is usually called PE (Prolonged Exposure). ​

— Keren Shemesh, Psychologist in Mountain View, CA

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 therapy is the treatment choice for a variety of anxiety-related disorders and is the most effective method in the treatment of OCD (also known as ERP, Exposure Response Prevention). The exposure is usually done gradually and rapidly, to enhance desensitization. Exposure therapy is also used to treat trauma and is usually called PE (Prolonged Exposure). ​

— Keren Shemesh, Psychologist in Mountain View, 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
 

There are many difficulties in life - fears, avoidance, compulsions, and even panic - where the only way out is through. That's the basis of exposure therapy. However, modern exposure therapy is much more gentle than just throwing you in the deep end and hoping you can swim. Our job is to work collaboratively to find places in your life (usually fears) where exposure therapy is appropriate. I have extensive training in this technique, and love to employ it in practice!

— Melinda Hammond, Psychologist in Plainfield, IL

I have received specialized training on OCD and ERP through NOCD.

— Sara Fenoy, Counselor in Melbourne, FL
 

Behavioral Therapy Training Institute Graduate- International OCD Foundation

— Emily Weems, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an evidence-based behavior therapy technique that is considered the gold standard treatment for OCD. ERP involves exposing oneself to situations that provoke obsessions (exposure) without performing the ritual or compulsion (response prevention). This process allows the brain to reach a point of habituation, decreasing anxiety. It is essential to do ERP with a trained professional. I have successfully treated clients using ERP for many years.

— Sahar Hussain, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

I have extensive experience using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat OCD and anxiety spectrum disorders. Research has demonstrated that ERP is the "gold standard" for the treatment of OCD and is more effective than talk therapy. I approach exposure from a compassionate, client-centered perspective, helping clients identify their areas of willingness to face into difficult fears and worries in order to move forward.

— Jessica Cameron, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker

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