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ERP Therapy

Bay Area CBT Center

ERP Therapy at The Bay Area CBT Center

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or paralyzed by fear, then ERP Therapy may be just what you need. At the Bay Area CBT Center we specialize in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), a proven and effective treatment for anxiety disorders and trauma including phobias, social anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

Our expert team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care, tailored to your unique needs, helping you to regain control and live a more fulfilling life.

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Conquer your fear with exposure and response prevention

ERP Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that has been extensively researched and shown to be one of the most effective methods for treating anxiety disorders. When it comes to treating OCD and related anxiety conditions, ERP therapy is not just a path but the gold standard.

It involves exposing you to your fears or obsessions in a safe and controlled environment. Then, it teaches you how to refrain from engaging in the avoidance behaviors typically used to alleviate the anxiety.

The TransormfativePower of Exposure Therapy

The power of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy lies in its proven ability to fundamentally change how you respond to your fears and anxieties. By facing fears directly, you learn to break free from the cycle of avoidance and compulsion. 

Our ERP Therapy includes teaching you vital skills during gradual exposure exercises. This ensures you not only face your fears but also accumulate a lifetime toolkit for tackling future challenges confidently and effectively. ERP Therapy not only alleviates symptoms but also equips you with lasting tools for resilience.

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Exposure Therapy Services We Offer

In-person and online Therapy options


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Gradual Exposure with ERP Therapy

By gradually exposing you to discomfort-inducing stimuli and guiding you to prevent your typical response, ERP habituates you to the stimuli and diminishes the power of fear. This controlled exposure, coupled with learning new coping skills, is a key to overcoming anxiety.

Whether you’re struggling with generalized anxiety, phobias, OCD, social anxiety, or panic disorders, ERP therapy is a proven method to reclaim your life from anxiety’s grasp. Take the first step towards freedom from anxiety and explore ERP therapy today.

Steps of ERP Therapy

  • Step 1: Assessment

    Your journey begins with a comprehensive assessment to understand the specific nature of your fears. Our therapists take the time to listen to your story and gather information that will inform your personalized treatment plan. Understanding the roots of your anxiety or OCD is a crucial step in creating an effective ERP strategy.

  • Step 2: Skill Development

    Before diving into exposure therapy, we equip you with the necessary tools to handle anxiety-provoking situations. This includes teaching you relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring skills, and mindfulness practices. These skills are essential for managing the discomfort that may arise during exposure sessions and for maintaining progress outside of therapy.

  • Step 3: Gradual Exposure

    Gradual and controlled exposure to your triggers is the core of ERP Therapy. Our therapists guide you through a series of exposure exercises that are carefully calibrated to your individual tolerance levels. With each session, you'll learn to face your fears without resorting to compulsive behaviors. This process helps to weaken the association between the trigger and the compulsion, leading to lasting change.

  • Step 4: Maintenance

    As you progress through your ERP therapy, you'll begin to notice improvements in your ability to manage anxiety and resist compulsions. Our therapists continue to support you as you apply these skills in real-life situations, ensuring that you have the confidence to maintain your progress. We also focus on helping you grow beyond your current challenges, setting new goals for personal development.


Why Choose ERP Therapy at the Bay Area CBT Center?

At the Bay Area CBT Center, we understand that taking the first step towards treatment can be challenging. That’s why we’ve created a supportive and compassionate environment where you can feel safe to confront your fears.

Expertise and Experience

Our team of therapists is highly trained in ERP Therapy and stays up-to-date with the latest techniques to ensure you receive the best possible care. We have years of experience helping individuals overcome anxiety.

Advanced Techniques

Our ERP therapists utilize the latest in ERP Therapy, ensuring treatments are based on cutting-edge research. This approach guarantees you access to the most effective methods available, designed for significant outcomes.

Personalized Care

We customize ERP Therapy to fit your unique needs. Our approach focuses on crafting individualized treatment plans that foster quick progress and lasting change, empowering you with strategies for resilience.

ERP Therapy is effective for a variety of different challenges

We use ERP Across a Spectrum of Issues Including:


How to start ERP therapy with us

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Key Strategies in ERP Therapy

Mastering Fear Through Incremental Challenges

Our clinicans prioritize manageable steps in ERP therapy, creating a personalized exposure hierarchy that ranges from mildly to highly distressing situations. This approach ensures that facing your fears never feels too overwhelming, allowing for a tailored therapy experience that matches your distress levels.

Enhanced Habituation Through Skill Building

Our emphasis on habituation is reinforced by incorporating skills such as mindfulness, emotional exposure, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization exercises. These techniques empower you to overcome anxiety by confidently facing fear-inducing situations, fostering a transformative and enduring shift in how you navigate anxiety.

Prolonged exposure therapy for trauma

We specialize in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy designed specifically to assist you if you’re grappling with complex trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our approach targets the core of PTSD symptoms including the avoidance of trauma-related thoughts, feelings, sensations, and situations. 

PE therapy at our center focuses on two methods: in vivo and imaginal exposure. In vivo exposure lets you face situations you’ve avoided, starting easy and gradually getting harder. Imaginal exposure makes you recount your trauma safely, helping lessen its emotional impact. We then discuss the feelings and thoughts that come up, aiming to modify any limiting beliefs about your trauma.

Integrative Approach to Exposure Therapy

At the Bay Area CBT Center, our approach to Exposure and Response Prevention is both integrative and holistic. We blend techniques from Somatic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, focusing on treating you as a whole person—mind, body, action, and spirit. This comprehensive strategy ensures that exposure interventions are seamlessly integrated into a broader therapeutic plan, aiming to uncover the root of your challenges for more transformative and tailored results.

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Avigail Lev, PsyD

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Molly Keirein, PsyD

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