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Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)

What is ERP Therapy?

ERP is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aimed at treating anxiety disorders, particularly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It involves exposing patients to their fears or obsessions in a controlled setting and teaching them to prevent their usual compulsive responses. Over time, this practice helps reduce anxiety and teaches patients to manage their reactions to fear triggers, leading to improved mental health and functionality. 

ERP is known as the gold-standard treatment approach for clients living with OCD and phobias. New research indicates that combining ERP Therapy with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy enhances both the effectiveness and response rates for treating anxiety disorders. This integrative approach appears to provide a more comprehensive treatment by addressing multiple aspects of psychological distress simultaneously, potentially leading to faster and more sustained improvements in patient outcomes.

What Conditions Can ERP Therapy Treat?

ERP therapy is commonly used to treat various anxiety disorders, OCD, phobias, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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