Exposure therapy for behavioral treatment of phobia

Thinking about exposure therapy for behavioral treatment of phobia, first, select a phobia, second, indicate whether you are doing in vivo, imaginal, or virtual reality exposure and third,  create a hierarchy for exposure with at least 5 entries.

How would you use the hierarchy in treatment and how would you know when treatment was working?

Use the process of exposure therapy treatment to explain the mechanism of change in behavior therapy.

What are the three types of exposure therapy?
Exposure simply means facing or confronting one’s fears repeatedly until the fear subsides (called habituation, see below). Response prevention means refraining from compulsions, avoidance, or escape behaviors. For example, suppose a person with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has germ contamination phobia.
These include:
  • In vivo exposure: Directly facing a feared object, situation or activity in real life. …
  • Imaginal exposure: Vividly imagining the feared object, situation or activity. …
  • Virtual reality exposure: In some cases, virtual reality technology can be used when in vivo exposure is not practical
  • What is the key procedure in exposure therapy for phobia?
    Exposure therapy focuses on changing your response to the object or situation that you fear. Gradual, repeated exposure to the source of your specific phobia and the related thoughts, feelings and sensations may help you learn to manage your anxiety.
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