Exposure and Response Prevention Worksheet

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) designed to treat individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The exposure component of ERP refers to confronting the thoughts, images, or situations that make you anxious or provoke your obsessions. The response prevention part of ERP refers to choosing not to act on a compulsive behavior once the anxiety or obsession has been triggered. 

ERP is designed to reduce the anxiety that feeds obsessions and compulsions gradually. 

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy

ERP is a behavioral therapy that gradually exposes people to situations designed to provoke a person’s obsessions, and the resulting distress will help them prevent their compulsive responses in a safe environment. 

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals improve distorted thoughts and behavioral patterns associated with mental health conditions such as OCD. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help individuals confront their fears and manage anxiety-provoking or obsessive thoughts and behaviors.  

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

Individuals should use this worksheet when anxiety-provoking or obsessive thoughts and behavior seem unbearable and affect their mental and emotional well-being. 

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