Exposure and Response Prevention is tough. It involves facing your fear head on. In my case, I had to think the very thoughts I wanted to avoid. It may feel like it isn’t going through the pain, but it is one of the few ways to treat OCD. Before I talk about my ERP experience, it is extremely important to find a therapist who is very experienced in OCD and its treatment options. ERP is effective when it is implemented properly. Your therapist should act like a coach and show you how to do it properly, even when they are not present. One thing your therapist should not do is reassure you during their sessions. This will only temporarily provide relief and will cause more harm than good.
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