We don’t just talk about exposure therapy, we do exposure therapy
Exposure Therapy (ET) is a psychological treatment that was developed to help people confront their fears. When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid the feared objects, activities or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, over the long term it can make the fear become even worse. In such situations, a psychologist might recommend a program of exposure therapy in order to help break the pattern of avoidance and fear. In this form of therapy, psychologists create a safe environment in which to “expose” individuals to the things they fear and avoid. The exposure to the feared objects, activities or situations in a safe environment helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance. For the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the first-line treatment and is backed by most research.
Treatment will require multiple sessions that gradually work to decrease symptoms. You will meet with your exposure therapist on a regular basis to create an individualized hierarchy that specifically addresses your fears. Sessions will include statement of goals, a review of the preceding week, a provision of new information, therapist-assisted practice, homework for the coming week, monitoring of exercises, and aftercare planning.