What is Exposure Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

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Exposure Therapy is a trauma-focused psychotherapy emphasizing imaginal or narrative exploration of traumatic memories along with cognitive restructuring, relaxation, and anxiety reduction as a treatment for PTSD. Occasionally, it is also called Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic stress disorder 42 28
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 3 1
Agoraphobia 2 1
Generalized anxiety disorder 2 2
Panic disorder 2 1
Social anxiety disorder 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 12
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Exposure Therapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Anxious mood 5
Flashbacks 3
Nightmares 3
Panic attacks 3
Aggressive behavior 1
Anticipatory anxiety 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Exposure Therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
60 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Exposure Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Felt finished with this treatment 9
Other 5
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 5
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 3
Doctor's advice 2
Found another therapist or program I preferred 2
No convenient appointments available 2
I didn't have enough time 1
See all 23 patients who've stopped going to Exposure Therapy

Duration

Currently going to Exposure Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped going to Exposure Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 15
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 13
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Exposure Therapy.