Effectiveness of Exposure Therapy
Those beginning treatment may wonder how effective is exposure therapy. The effectiveness of exposure therapy is clear; the treatment is an evidence-based treatment modality for several mental health conditions. Like with any other treatment modality, it is important that a provider and client work collaboratively and plan for the course of treatment for optimal success.
Exposure therapy effectiveness is based on the multiple benefits that it provides. When someone has successfully completed exposure therapy treatment, there are many positive outcomes, including:
- Reduced sensitivity to previously distressing situations
- Decreased fear of associations with the stimuli
- Increased ability to tolerate fear
- Recognizing one’s power to overcome challenges
- Reduced anxiety
- Improved functioning
- Improved social skills
- Improved mental stability
Exposure therapy is a low-risk treatment modality. The planned nature of exposure therapy ensures that both the therapist and client are prepared for each step of treatment. Part of the preparation for exposure therapy is the establishment of grounding techniques and coping skills.