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Exposure and Response
Prevention (ERP)

ERP is a highly effective form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on treating individuals struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders. It is based on the principle that confronting feared situations and avoiding compulsive behaviors can help individuals gradually reduce their anxiety and regain control over their lives.

What is Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment?

The primary goal of ERP is to assist individuals in confronting their obsessive thinking and compulsive behaviors in a controlled and safe environment. By facing anxieties without performing the compulsive rituals or avoidance behaviors, individuals can learn to manage distress and realize that their feared outcomes are unlikely or irrational. This process gradually reduces overall anxiety and weakens the hold of obsessive thoughts and compulsive urges. Conducted with the guidance of a specially trained therapist, ERP involves designing a personalized exposure hierarchy tailored to each individual’s symptoms. The therapist offers encouragement and support to face anxieties gradually, from mild distress to more challenging scenarios, and helps individuals retrain their brain's response to triggers, ultimately breaking the cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.  

How can ERP help you? 

Confront Your Fears

ERP gently guides you to face your fears and anxieties in a controlled and supportive environment. By gradually exposing you to situations, thoughts, or objects that trigger anxiety, ERP helps desensitize your fear response.

Break the Cycle

ERP targets the cycle of obsessions, compulsions and other anxiety behaviors. You'll learn to resist the urge to engage in ritualistic or avoidant behaviors, allowing you to interrupt your anxiety loop and regain a sense of control.


Improve Your Coping Skills

ERP equips you with effective coping strategies to manage and tolerate anxiety without resorting to compulsions. This empowers you to face challenges head-on, leading to greater self-confidence.


Get Long-Term Relief

ERP aims to provide lasting relief from the grip of OCD and anxiety disorders. By addressing the root causes and teaching you how to manage symptoms, it offers the potential for long-term recovery and a better quality of life.

At CWML, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals dealing with OCD and anxiety disorders. Our team of experienced and compassionate therapists is dedicated to providing ERP therapy tailored to your specific needs.


We create a safe and supportive environment where you can work on confronting your fears and building resilience. Our goal is to empower you to reclaim your life from the limitations created by OCD and anxiety and to lead a life that is balanced, fulfilling, and meaningful, an approach to life we call Wise Mind Living.

Want to learn more about ERP? 

Reach out for a free 30 minute consultation

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