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 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 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.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 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