Eight Myths About Exposure Therapy

Barbara-Rothbaum

Associate Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
Director, Emory Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology

Key Points

  1. Many therapists are reluctant to use PE due to myths about exposure therapy.
  2. Some myths include that patients can’t handle it, patients are too complicated for PE, exposure therapy is cruel and that it takes away the patient’s autonomy.
  3. These myths are not true.

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