What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP?)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is one of the most effective cognitive-behavioural therapy methods in the treatment of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and is a combination of exposure therapy and response prevention. This techniques used in ERP are very effective. Research has shown a marked reduction of symptoms in about 50-80 % of the clients after 20 about cognitive-behavioural sessions. Many clients will continue to have milder obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but these symptoms do not interfere with normal living.
Our ERP and CBT services are covered under your health insurance plan under “Psychologist” services. As a client in our practice, we are strongly dedicated to helping you resolve your issues in a professional and safe environment.
What Issues does ERP treat?
ERP is usually used in conjunction with CBT to treat anxiety-related disorders such as phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, panic disorder, and high anxiety.
ERP differs slightly from regular counselling or psychotherapy sessions because it’s action-based. Often times, your CBT and ERP therapist will work with you on engaging and eye-opening exercises during sessions and ask you to complete homework during the week.
ERP is challenging, eye-opening, fun, and can be quite difficult. A great deal of commitment is needed but most clients make significant changes in their lives.
What are the Benefits of ERP Therapy?
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) can be rigourous, but offers a number of psychological, emotional, and health benefits. ERP aims to:
- Help us feel more comfortable in situations that once made us feel anxious;
- Handle anxiety-provoking situations with ease and comfortability;
- Understand the thoughts of fear that form our belief systems;
- Identify people, events, and situations in our lives that have reinforced these fears;
- Develop new, functional cognitions and provide insight and skills to living a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Important Things to Know before starting ERP:
- CBT is not a quick fix. A therapist is like a personal trainer that advises and encourages – but cannot ‘do’ it for you.
- To overcome anxiety, we need to confront it head on. This may lead you to feel more anxious for a short time. You may become overwhelmed, but this is part of the process.
- ERP and CBT are most effective when completed in a rigorous, committed, and wholehearted way. Weekly sessions are an essential part of CBT. We will recommend an 8-week, 12-week, or 16 week program to begin your journey with CBT during your 30 minute introductory consultation.
How does Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) at KMA work?
1. 30-Minute Consultation
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) here at KMA Therapy begins with a 30 minute consultation with our director, Kimberly Moffit, or one of our intake counsellors. In these thirty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality.
We believe the CBT consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended adoption counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 30-minute consultations is $130 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
2. 50-Minute Weekly Sessions
After the CBT consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
3. Finish and Evaluate
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued CBT to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
How Can I Book an Appointment for ERP at KMA Therapy Toronto?
CBT Therapists at KMA are highly trained in ERP. To book an appointment for your initial CBT consultation, simply register online or call us at 416-487-6288. We are located at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. We look forward to meeting you!
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