Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an evidence-based modality for treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In ERP, clients work with a trained therapist to learn how to gradually expose themselves to thoughts, images and situations that provoke anxiety without engaging in compulsions to soothe the anxiety. This gradual exposure leads to the reduction of anxiety over time, "retraining" your brain to no longer see these things as a threat.

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I draw from evidence based modalities backed by data in order to help you work through obstacles for an improvement in your quality of life.

— Miranda Chatfield, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aurora, CO

I was trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) by professionals that have been in the field for decades! I enjoy using this approach to help reduce anxiety as it is effective and can be a short term treatment. I enjoy working with client's who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and have seen them get better quickly with this approach.

— Cori Brittain, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I have extensive experience working with clients of all ages struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When applying this treatment, I aim to psycho-educate my client and their family (if appropriate) on the nature of OCD. I also work to help my clients understand how facing the feared stimuli as well as resisting the compulsive urge can decrease their anxiety. I have worked with OCD tendencies that present as bedtime rituals, confessions, fear of germs, bathroom tendencies, etc.

— Brooke Rawls, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I use ERP to disrupt the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) cycle. ERP has more scientific evidence behind it than any other approach for OCD and is therefore considered the “gold standard”. Through gradual, systematic real life (in-vivo) and imaginal exposure combined with ritual prevention you too can learn how to reduce your distress and reclaim your life from OCD.

— Regina Lazarovich, Clinical Psychologist in Scotts Valley, CA

I have significant experience and continued trainings on OCD and usage of Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. This is a collaborative process between me and my clients!

— Deanna Aliperti, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is a highly effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In ERP, individuals confront their obsessive thoughts and resist engaging in their compulsive behaviors. Through repeated exposure to anxiety-provoking situations and prevention of ritualistic responses, ERP helps individuals learn to manage and ultimately reduce their OCD symptoms.

— Jessica Furland, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carlsbad, CA

As an Occupational Therapist: I help with intrusive thoughts and behaviors through this research proven method and from my perspective as a functional and behavioral expert. It can feel very overwhelming to be inside your brain if it feels hijacked by your anxieties and intrusive thoughts. ERP is a method that effectively helps a person to take back control of their mind and their life.

— Vanessa Gorelkin, Occupational Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ