Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy in Virginia and North Carolina
You’re ready to find calm in the storm of intrusive thoughts.
You’re feeling overwhelmed from struggling with repetitive, intrusive, or unwanted thoughts. You may be aware you have OCD or you’re questioning if you do. Or, you may have spent excessive amounts of time in compulsive behaviors to reduce your discomfort. But, this comes at a cost. The quality of your life has decreased because your mind is so obsessed with a particular fear or outcome.
Or, you could be feeling stuck in a negative cycle of thinking. Trying to find a way out but feeling hopeless. You may have even tried to go to a therapist for anxiety or general therapy, but it’s only made your symptoms worse. You know that there has to be a better way.
How Can Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy Help?
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. It’s used to help individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. This usually involves naming what you are afraid of. Then you and your therapist figure out the various compulsions or behaviors that you do to get rid of the fear.
After this, you will create a list of the easiest to hardest compulsive behaviors that you do. Then, you will work with an ERP therapist to face your fears without engaging in compulsion. This creates situations to experience discomfort. But, ERP therapy works to reduce or remove the compulsion. This is so we can teach your brain that you can handle fear or distress without having those time-consuming compulsions. This can be a difficult process. But, it can be very effective in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Why Someone May Seek Out ERP Therapy in Virginia and North Carolina
There are many reasons someone may seek out ERP therapy. They may be feeling like their OCD or another anxiety disorder is taking over their life. They may have lost a job or stopped going to school. Much like OCD and anxiety symptoms look different for everyone, someone’s reasons may differ as well.
Here are some reasons someone may seek Exposure and Response Prevention:
- To stop their OCD from controlling their life
- Gaining back time spent on compulsions and rituals
- Improving the quality of life and relationships
- To feel calmer and more in control
- And, to be less afraid
No matter what your reasons are for seeking out ERP therapy, know that you are not alone. OCD and anxiety can be very debilitating. But, at Evercare Counseling, our team of therapists is here to support you through your journey.
An ERP Therapist From Our Team Can Help You Address Your Symptoms with ERP Therapy
Our OCD therapists in Virginia have worked with many people who have felt like they would never be free from their OCD or anxiety. Many of our clients have started ERP therapy thinking this would fail like the rest of their therapies. But, with the support of our therapists and by taking small steps, they were able to see that they could face their fears. They were able to shed the heavy weight of responsibility and shame. And you can too.
Our Approach to ERP Therapy in Virginia and North Carolina
At Evercare Counseling in Virginia and North Carolina, we have a very collaborative process for exposure and response prevention therapy. We understand that every person is different and so should the approach they take. Some people may be tired of their OCD and want to go into the exposure part of treatment right away. Others may need time to get to know and understand their diagnosis. We also apply this to identifying all the core of your fear emotional state. Everyone is different and the approach will be too.
Our team of specialized therapists will work with you to create an exposure hierarchy within your comfort level. We will work at your pace. We want you to feel as comfortable and safe as possible while still challenging yourself to face your fears. The skills you learn during ERP therapy are lifelong and you can use them for years to come. We do this by working to combine good education, humor, and warmth. By doing so, we connect people with the broader OCD community so they know they’re not suffering alone.
We can help strengthen your uncertainty muscle.
Our approach allows you to learn to tolerate discomfort, accept uncertainty, and have more freedom of time and energy. This way, you can live according to your values instead of according to your fear and create a meaningful and fulfilling life. At Evercare Counseling, our caring team strives to help people of faith maintain and strengthen spirituality without obsessions or compulsions of OCD.
Begin ERP Therapy at Evercare Counseling in Virginia and North Carolina
Struggling with OCD and anxiety symptoms can be very difficult and overwhelming. But, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Our team at Evercare Counseling is here to support you through this. To start your therapy journey with Evercare Counseling, please follow these simple steps:
Additional Services Offered At Evercare Counseling
ERP therapy isn’t the only service offered by Evercare Counseling. Our team offers a variety of therapy services to help support your mental health. Mental health services offered include support to individuals experiencing OCD and anxiety. In addition, we are happy to offer Christian counseling, depression treatment, therapy for women, and other services. Please feel free to read our blog or common questions to learn more helpful info!