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Prolonged Exposure Therapy

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) produces clinically significant improvement in about 80 percent of patients with chronic PTSD.

    The desire to avoid things that remind you of a traumatic event is best treated through repeat exposure to your triggers, until they no longer have power over you. Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a highly effective treatment for chronic PTSD and related depression, anxiety, and anger.

    Individualized Treatment Over 12-15 Sessions

    PE is a flexible therapy based on basic cognitive-behavioral principles that can be modified to fit the needs of individual patients:

    • Process traumatic events
    • Reduce trauma-induced psychological disturbances
    • Instill inner-confidence and a sense of mastery
    • Improve various aspects of daily functioning
    • Increase their ability to cope with stress using courage instead of fearfulness
    • Improve their ability to discriminate safe and unsafe situations
    • Return to pre-traumatic, event-level functioning

    PE outpatient treatment typically involves 90 minute sessions once a week and concludes after 12 to 15 sessions, on average.

    PE has been successful in treating victims of various traumas including:

    • Military combat
    • Rape
    • Assault
    • Child abuse
    • Disasters
    • Motor vehicle accidents


    Our PE sessions are collaborations of the therapist and patient that involve:

    • Psychoeducation to better understand the patients’ trauma symptoms
    • A variety of exposure related interventions


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    1200 W. Tabor Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
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    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027

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