Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) is a behavioral method that is very effective for treating a number of Anxiety Spectrum Disorders including OCD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorders.
E/RP involves exposure to both imagined or real feared stimuli and response prevention (i.e., stopping escape or avoidance behaviors).
The goal of E/RP is habituation to anxiety provoking stimuli and extinction of maladaptive responses. The responses may be cognitive, emotional and/or overt behavior. Habituation and extinction refer to the behavioral processes that allow people to become used to anxiety provoking thoughts or experiences without experiencing discomfort.
The Providers at Portland Anxiety Clinic, LLC have extensive specialty training on how to provide E/RP.