Exposure Response Prevention (EXRP)

Exposure Response Prevention (EXRP) is the treatment of choice for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD consists of obsessions (intrusive thoughts we don’t want to have) and compulsions (unhelpful things we do to decrease our distress) and these patterns interfere with our daily life!

Does EXRP really help?

Here are the numbers:

EXRP has a 75% response rate and gains are well maintained even after therapy ends. Meaning --> once people do it, they feel better!

In comparison, medication alone has a 40% response rate.

Patient and psychiatrist discussion
How does it work?

Your therapist will help you develop “exposures” where you will approach the things that feel scary.

Exposures are done in small steps, supportively, and at a pace that is agreed upon by therapist and client (we will not throw you into the deep end and ask you to swim!)

Exposures may involve confronting feared situation in real life or thinking and imagining situations.

This process can help you to feel more in control instead of feeling like OCD is in control of you! Multiple therapists at DBT of South Jersey have this training! Available at both locations!

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