Prolonged Exposure Therapy

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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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