How can ERP Help?

How can ERP Help?

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) is a branch of CBT that is the leading treatment for issues such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Common symptoms of the disorders mentioned may include intrusive or disturbing thoughts. These thoughts are actually not the problem, but the meaning that is attached to the thoughts.

Through appropriate levels of exposure you can learn to detach this meaning from your thoughts. While “exposure therapy” may sound scary, it is not “Fear of spiders? Here’s a room full of spiders.” ERP involves your therapist working with you to create an exposure hierarchy. This is a ladder of fears that you will begin working through starting with the smallest fear. ERP can help you get your life back, being able to do things that your brain says you cannot do, and being able to have experiences without the need for reassurance.

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