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Exposure Therapy

A cognitive-behavioral therapy technique for treating phobias and other fear- and anxiety-related problems, exposure therapy presents the patient with progressively stronger, more frightening stimuli at his or her own pace until he or she habituates (is desensitized) to the stimulus.

Example: A child with a debilitating fear of spiders progresses from looking at a picture of a spider, to sitting in the same room as a caged spider, to holding a loose spider with minimal anxiety.

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Exposure Therapy
APA Reference
Fournier, G. (2016). Exposure Therapy. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 13, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/exposure-therapy/