frequently aksed questions
what is exposure and response prevention?
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an empirically validated and research driven therapy approach under the umbrella of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). As a CBT approach, ERP focuses on behaviors, thoughts, and emotions. Research has shown that ERP is the gold-standard treatment for OCD and anxiety. Exposure and Response Prevention involves doing challenging and anxiety provoking situations (i.e. exposures) and preventing/resisting the rituals or responses and safety behaviors you would normally do either before, during, or after the anxiety provoking situation. With the right guidance and interventions, you have the potential to soon experience less intense anxiety, less debilitating anxiety, and less frequent triggering of your anxiety as a result of challenging yourself. With ERP, you will learn to tolerate your anxiety and overcome previously fear inducing situations.
what is a typical session like?
It depends on how long we've been seeing each other and what your needs are. The first session will consist of what we call an "assessment", where I learn about you and we discuss your history, goals, and primary difficulties. As we move forward with seeing each other once or twice a week, we slowly start to build a treatment plan together. I focus a lot on providing education and information so you know why I'm suggesting the concepts I'm suggesting - so that, eventually, you can learn how to "be your own therapist" and manage your own recovery independently. Soon, we'll get into the more specific treatment interventions, which will vary depending on your presenting problems and overall goals. We will work on your behaviors, thoughts, and emotions throughout our time together.