Exposure Theraphy With Examples

Confronting fear makes people stronger.

Exposure therapy method is frequently used in CBT. It is a technique used especially for fears (phobia), it is also quite effective for post-traumatic stress disorder. In this regard, we will present examples of different anxiety disorders. These practices are more detailed in theraphy sessions but it is possible for someone to apply some of them alone.

In exposure and response prevention therapy, the client is confronted with the object they fear.It starts with more tolerable tone and it gets difficult as the patient becomes reconciled to the situation.


Example: Fear against a specific animal

With this therapy technique, patient can get closer to the animal This animal can be in the same room in a closed box.
At first they show a photo to the patient, then they ask them to draw the animal’s picture. In the following stages, the animal can be in the same place with the patient and patient can interract with the animal. This is the most common method for such phobias.

Fear Of Aircraft

A special study may be necessary to overcome the fear of aircraft. A group of people can spend time on the plane that is not moving. Patient can spend time at the airport. In the following stages, short flights can be tolerable.

Social Phobia

One of the biggest fears of an individual with social phobia is being the center of attention and public speaking. The person may first rehearse his speech with a therapist.


Example :Checking the door obsessively

The individual believes that if he doesn’t close the door five times each time he leaves the house, something bad will happen.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Virtual reality applications can help individuals who experience PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). For example; The soldiers who are PTSD can become insensitive to the scenes of a nightmare. They watch videos with disturbing images accompanied by therapists.

Visual Source : https://www.anxiety.org/exposure-plans

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Marilyn Walker
Marilyn Walker
I am studying in Florida about Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I'm doing research on Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Cognitive psychology, Metacognitive Therapy.
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