Exposure Therapy for OCD and Anxiety
Exposure therapy can be confusing. Some people hear the words and they think of the TV show "Fear Factor" and want no part of it. That's understandable. However, exposure therapy is much different when it is facilitated by a professional therapist with proper training and experience. Exposure therapy is the gold standard for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders and it is effective. It's about providing you with the opportunity to overcome the challenges that may be holding you back in your life. There are no magic wands or simple fixes, but exposure therapy is effective at helping you improve your functioning.
There are many misperceptions and stereotypes about OCD and none of them are helpful. Many people throw the phrase "OCD" around in casual conversation without realizing that it can be devastating for the people struggling with it and it minimizes their condition. Ben has worked with patients to address OCD-related fears that number in the hundreds during his time at Rogers Behavioral Health, where he received extensive training and supervision while working with patients in a partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) setting. Due to the complicated nature of OCD, it is critical to work with a therapist who understands the treatment that can guide you through the process.
You may be thinking "There's no help for me because you'd be shocked to know the thoughts that go through my head. No one can understand me." Most of Ben's former clients have uttered those same words. That's why it's so important to work with someone who's worked so closely with OCD on a daily basis and helped people get their lives back on track. It's important to work with someone who can relate to your fears, has experience with them, and can help you overcome them.