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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

    Staff

    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

    Locations

    Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment
    4200 Monument Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
    1-800-220-HELP (4357)
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    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141
    215-456-9850
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    1.800.220.4357

    Accreditation & Partnerships



    Belmont Behavioral Health Seal

    Joint commission gold seal


    Licenses

    • Department of Health (DOH)
    • Department of Public Welfare (DPW)
    • Division of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure (DDAPL)
    • Bureau of Drug and Alcohol (BDAP)

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