Private Prolonged Exposure Therapy Course
Prolonged Exposure Therapy is based in Emotional Processing Theory, which posits that PTSD symptoms arise as a result of cognitive and behavioural avoidance of trauma-related thoughts, reminders, activities and situations. Private Prolonged Exposure Therapy helps the client interrupt and reverse this process by blocking cognitive and behavioural avoidance, introducing corrective information, and facilitating organisation and processing of the trauma memory and associated thoughts and beliefs. This is accomplished through in vivo and imaginal exposure.
In vivo exposure involves repeatedly engaging in activities, situations, or behaviours that are avoided because of the trauma, but which are not really dangerous. Over time, In vivo exposure lessens excessive fear, and other distressing emotions, and helps with the recognition that the avoided situations are not overly dangerous, and that the client can cope effectively even when distressed.
Imaginal exposure involves repeatedly revisiting the traumatic experience in memory by describing the event aloud in detail. The narrative is recorded and the client listens to the recording between sessions to maximise therapeutic value. Revisiting the event in this way helps processing of the traumatic memory by activating the thoughts and emotions associated with the trauma in a safe context. Imaginal exposure also helps the client realise he or she can cope with the distress associated with the memory.
Why Private Prolonged Exposure Therapy?
- PE has the largest number of studies advocating its efficacy and effectiveness.
- PE has been found effective with the widest range of trauma populations.
- PE has been found effective in co-morbid populations (substance use disorders, BPD, psychosis, etc.).
I am a qualified and experienced prolonged exposure therapist practicing in London.
This is a course of ten 90 minute sessions of treatment scheduled twice a week for five weeks.
You can read more about private Private Prolonged Exposure Therapy London at the Box Tree Clinic here.