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Calgary Psychologist Clinic - Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Our Calgary Psychologist Clinic has therapists that are experienced with prolonged exposure therapy for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. Prolonged Exposure Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach used by psychologists to address trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This therapy focuses on helping individuals confront and process traumatic memories in a safe and controlled manner, ultimately reducing the distress associated with these experiences.

During prolonged exposure therapy, the psychologist establishes a supportive and collaborative relationship with the client, creating a trusting environment for the therapeutic process. The therapy typically involves several core components aimed at reducing avoidance behaviors and improving emotional regulation.

One of the primary techniques used in prolonged exposure therapy is imaginal exposure. The psychologist guides the client in recounting and vividly describing the traumatic event(s) in a structured and controlled manner. By repeatedly revisiting these memories, individuals gradually become desensitized to the distressing emotions associated with them. This process allows for the integration and assimilation of the traumatic experience into one’s life narrative, facilitating emotional healing.

Another important aspect of prolonged exposure therapy is in vivo exposure. This involves systematically confronting situations or activities that the individual has been avoiding due to trauma-related fears. By gradually engaging with these avoided situations, individuals learn that they are capable of managing their anxiety and that the perceived threat is not as severe as initially feared. Through repeated exposure, the avoidance response diminishes, leading to increased confidence and a broader range of experiences.

Throughout the therapy, the psychologist also teaches relaxation and coping skills to help manage distressing emotions and physiological arousal associated with traumatic memories. By practicing these skills, clients develop a sense of control over their emotional reactions, reducing the impact of trauma triggers on their daily lives.

Prolonged exposure therapy typically involves a structured treatment plan, with sessions conducted on a weekly basis. The duration of therapy may vary depending on individual needs, but it generally consists of 8-15 sessions. The therapist and client work collaboratively to establish specific goals and monitor progress throughout the treatment process.

Overall, prolonged exposure therapy is a comprehensive and evidence-based approach for trauma and PTSD treatment. By confronting and processing traumatic memories, individuals can experience a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms, improved emotional well-being, and a greater sense of empowerment and control over their lives.

Calgary Psychologists That Use Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Murray Molohon

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Raheleh Tarani

Clinical Psychologist

Andrea Krygier

Clinical Psychologist

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