Exposure therapy is a way to help patients face their fears. Typically when we are afraid of an object or situation, we tend to avoid them. While this is helpful in the short term, it creates a growing sense of fear or dread in regard to these objects in the long term. Therapists will create a safe environment of “exposure” that helps to break the cycle of avoidance and fear in the patient. This could start small, with the therapist instructing the patient to practice imaginal exposure—simply imagining in vivid detail that which scares them. Treatment can also include in vivo exposure, or directly handling the object or situation which causes fear. Whatever the method, exposure therapy that occurs in a safe environment with the trained therapist is an effective way to deal with a host of phobias, social anxieties, or PTSD.
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