At Divinity Recovery, Inc., we offer exposure therapy for clients. Exposure therapy is a form of psychological treatment that helps people confront their fears. When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid it. This avoidance may help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, but in the long term, it can make the fear much worse. In situations like these, exposure therapy may be helpful in order to break the avoidance and fear.
What is Exposure Therapy?
Exposure therapy is a subtype of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This type of therapy can be used to treat PTSD, phobias, and anxiety disorders. With the help of a trained professional, the client will face their fears and anxieties in a safe setting, either in their imagination or in a real-life situation. Homework is often an important aspect to exposure therapy and should not be taken lightly. The first few sessions may be scary and a bit distressing, but it will all pay off in the end.
How Does Exposure Therapy Work?
During exposure therapy, the therapist will create a safe environment in which to “expose” a client to the things they fear and avoid. Exposure to the feared thing helps reduce fear and decrease avoidance. Exposure therapy has been scientifically proven to help treat a range of problems, including phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder. There are multiple variations of exposure therapy which the therapist will help determine which is best for the client. In vivo exposure is when the client is directly faced with a feared object, situation, or activity in real life. Imaginal exposure is then the client vividly imagines the feared object, situation, or activity. This is often helpful in cases of PTSD. In interoceptive exposure, the client deliberately brings on physical sensations that are harmless yet feared.
Divinity Recovery has licensed staff and fully state of the art facilities for exposure therapy. We have decades of experience between our therapists and on-staff providers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of care for every client and pride ourselves in providing confidential, caring, and certified exposure therapy.
We know taking the first step of seeking help for PTSD or an anxiety disorder can be scary and difficult. That’s why we have made this process as simple as possible. If you or a loved one are struggling, please call us today.