mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Exposure & Response Therapy (ERP)

What is Exposure Therapy?

The primary goal of exposure therapy is to help individuals confront and gradually become desensitized to the situations, objects, or thoughts that trigger their anxiety or fear. This therapeutic approach is based on the idea that confronting these anxiety-inducing stimuli in a controlled and systematic way can reduce the fear response over time.

ERP is known as the gold-standard treatment approach for clients living with OCD and phobias. New research is showing the effectiveness and response rate are increased when we combine ERP therapy with EMDR therapy.

What Conditions Can Exposure Therapy Treat?

Exposure therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that is commonly used to treat various anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Would you like to discuss how Exposure Therapy may work for you?