Exposure therapy has been scientifically demonstrated to be a helpful treatment or treatment component for a range of problems, including: Phobias, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Exposure therapy is thought to help in several ways, including:Habituation - Over time, people find that their reactions to feared objects or situations decrease. Extinction - Exposure can help weaken previously-learned associations between feared objects, activities, or situations and bad outcomes.
Self-efficacy - Exposure can help show the client that he/she is capable of confronting his/her fears and can manage the feelings of anxiety.
Emotional processing - During exposure, the client can learn to attach new, more realistic beliefs about feared objects, activities, or situations; and can become more comfortable with the experience of fear.
We believe it is important to work collaboratively with an individual’s mental health practitioner (psychologist, RCC or Psychiatrist) to integrate and reinforce recommended strategies in real life situations.