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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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

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 Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I utilize this technique to help clients gradually confront their fear and anxiety in a controlled manner, reducing distress and increasing resilience.

— Mike Tiede, Psychologist

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

In a nutshell, Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is your savvy coach, guiding you through facing fears and ditching those automatic responses that are impacting your life and seeking therapy. It's a teamwork approach, usually led by a therapist skilled in the art of conquering OCD. So, you expose yourself to the fear, resist the compulsion, and gradually break free from the clutches of OCD. It's like untangling a tricky knot – challenging but entirely doable.

— Stacey Conroy, Clinical Social Worker

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) focuses on changing unhelpful patterns of behavior that reinforce the cycle of OCD by gradually facing feared situations in a supportive and encouraging setting.

— Annie Lynch, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Warrington, PA

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 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