Exposure & Response Prevention
Experiencing thoughts, images, and/or situations that result in anxiety or that provoke obsessions and compulsive responses are common for people that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorders. These thoughts and compulsive behaviors can have a severe impact on your day to day life.
What is ERP?
Exposure & Response Prevention is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). ERP provides a safe environment for you to gradually be exposed to what causes your obsessive thoughts (exposure), and withholds you from responding with your compulsions (prevention).
The Benefits of ERP
Learning how to respond to intrusive thoughts is a powerful tool! While EPR cannot completely remove your intrusive thoughts, it can significantly decrease cycling, obsessions and anxiety. Through behavior-focused treatment, ERP can provide you with coping skills and prevent your compulsion from taking over.