ABOUT EXPOSURE THERAPY
Face it & Feel it
Exposure Therapy or Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) is a gold standard treatment for phobic avoidance disorders such as OCD, panic disorder, social phobia and specific phobias.
In an exposure based therapy plan you will learn how to approach the situations/activities/objects that you are afraid of. With systematic and deliberate practice and a “invite it, dont fight it” mindset you can learn to overcome your fears! Your therapist will be there with you every step of the way. You will also work on between session practices to consolidate your learning and increase confidence.
Fighting anxiety symptoms, resisting anxiety, avoidance behaviours, and distraction strategies that have assisted you in the short haul, back fire in the long haul. While these strategies make sense to you, they don't really work for long. In fact they make anxiety worse and strengthen the brain's fear response.
Has just talking about your fears in therapy ever made them go away? Just talking about fears does not work, you have to DO something for the fear response to change. We can teach you the principles of successful exposure. We are a family based clinic and we encourage you to bring supportive family members to your sessions so we can also teach them how to help you.
If your fears are holding you back and you are missing out on the life you want, call us and ask about how we can help with exposure based therapy.