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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This is a very specific therapy to address concerns related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Within this therapy model, we would work together to generate a hierarchy of events or stumbling blocks getting in your way. We then create challenges for concurring each obstacle using learned coping skills from session.

— Debra Nelson, Clinical Psychologist in Durham, CT

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) therapy is based on the idea that it is not realistic to try to completely remove distressing situations from our lives and that it is far more effective to have the tools and strategies to manage the anxiety and not allow these situations to trigger obsessions and compulsions. I first trained in ERP over 20 years ago at Texas Children's Hospital. Since then, I have used it regularly and effectively with children and adults.

— Lourdes Valdes, Clinical Psychologist in Katy, TX

I completed training through the International OCD Foundation's (IOCDF) Behavioral Therapy Training Institute. I participate in regular consultation groups led by another clinician who is also experience in ERP.

— Meghan Meros, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

I am trained and practiced in exposure and response prevention to treat OCD and severe anxiety disorders. Previously I worked for a telehealth company that specializes in OCD treatment exclusively, and have experience in treating the disorder in adults and adolescents. I have worked with family members of people with OCD to help them stop unknowingly reinforce the OCD cycle as well.

— Carly Steinberger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA

ERP is a heavily studied and validated treatment for OCD. During ERP, you will work collaboratively with me to create a clear picture of your OCD, the thoughts that torture you and the behaviors you engage in to try to get rid of those thoughts. You will learn to tolerate discomfort without engaging in safety behaviors or compulsions. Over time the discomfort will fade and you will regain control over your OCD. You will never be asked do to anything dangerous and we will work as a team.

— Aubrie Hendryx, Licensed Professional Counselor

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) used to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, phobias, and eating disorders. It is considered the gold-standard treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

— Rachel Whisennant, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sandy Springs, GA

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 am trained in both traditional ERP and rumination focused ERP.

— Allison Summer, Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Parlor's primary method of intervention is ERP which is the empirically established treatment for OCD.

— Jessica Parlor, Psychologist in New York, NY

Fundamentally this is a therapy that helps us reshape the basic interactions between our thoughts, feelings, and our behaviors. We do this through desensitizing ourselves through graded and safe exposures to help decouple intrusive thoughts from intrusive somatic feelings. When we have thoughts that create hyper-arousal in our nervous system, and then we respond in a safety seeking manner, we are learning that we are not safe, when in fact we are.

— Dan Gilner, Associate Professional Counselor

Dr. Kantor specializes in using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat OCD and many anxiety-related issues, including the following: - OCD - Panic Attacks - Phobias & Fear - Generalized Anxiety - Worrying/Overthinking

— Jackie Kantor, Psychologist in Englewood, CO

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

Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) therapy is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) used to treat anxiety disorders, particularly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It involves systematically exposing individuals to their fears or triggers while refraining from engaging in compulsive behaviors, helping them gradually build resilience and reclaim control over their lives. Through ERP, clients learn to face their fears with courage, ultimately reducing anxiety and improving th

— Dan Gilner, Associate Professional Counselor

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

ERP therapy (Exposure Response Prevention therapy) helps to alleviate the obsessive and compulsive thinking patterns and behaviors that can feel paralyzing. We together will find the right approach for you. ERP therapy helps to reduce these symptoms through exploring core fears and participating in exposures to increase the ability to tolerate the anxiety. A unique

— Amy Brinkman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Naperville, IL