Prolonged Exposure Therapy

If you or someone you know has PTSD, Dr. Taji Huang, PhD in Glendale, CA can help with prolonged exposure therapy (PET). Think of it like an intervention — a process where you confront your fears and break the cycle of stress.

What Is Prolonged Exposure Therapy?

PET is a type of behavior therapy designed to treat PTSD specifically. It’s a flexible process that can adapt to the various causes of PTSD and your unique set of symptoms. Some of the most common are:

  • Depression
  • Unhealthy Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional Numbing

What is a PET Session Like?

A prolonged exposure therapist uses a combination of techniques during sessions. One, known as imaginal exposure, involves repeated retellings of the traumatic event. You may even be asked to write them down or record yourself so you can read/listen to them between sessions. During these retellings, you and the therapist will explore your thoughts and feelings, formally called emotional procession.

Another technique is in vivo exposure. You and your therapist will identify your triggers — the sights, sounds, smells, etc. that remind you of the traumatic event. Then the therapist will gradually present you with these triggers in a safe environment. The goal is to break the negative associations between these everyday sensations and the trauma.

The Benefits Of Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Therapy can benefit survivors in so many ways. Through prolonged exposure, you’ll become less sensitive to the everyday sensations and situations that trigger your symptoms. Decreased sensitivity means fewer flashbacks.

Gain Control

Therapy will help you strengthen your control over your thinking and reactions. You’ll also learn how to live with fear when it’s necessary. Even if treatment is successful, you will still encounter situations where fear is a natural response. Stronger control over your thoughts and behavior will help you cope with fear without being crippled by it.

Re-Engage With Life

The symptoms of PTSD often makes day-to-day living difficult. Decreasing these symptoms through therapy will improve your ability to function normally. Functioning normally will help you feel more normal and enable you to re-engage with life, your interests and passions, and the people around you.

Get Your Free Consultation Today

You don’t have to controlled by PTSD any longer. Help is just a phone call away. Contact Dr. Taji Huang, PhD today for your free consultation.

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