Exposure Therapy refers to any clinical intervention in which a client directly confronts a source of fear. Since high levels of anxiety can not be maintained indefinitely, repeated exposure leads to decreased anxiety. This type of treatment is effective with phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic, generalized anxiety, and several other disorders. It's also been found to be effective in helping to treat substance abuse. Although exposure-based treatments have been extensively researched and reported in the literature, there is no single comprehensive treatment of exposure therapies. Writings tend to be limited to larger pieces on treating specific disorders or types of patients. A comprehensive book on the use of these treatments across patient disorders will be of great use to practitioners. The book is divided into three sections: Foundation, Applications, and Issues. Foundation chapters considers theoretical and assessment issues. Applications chapters will discuss research literature on each disorder having been proven to be successfully treated with exposure therapy. Issue chapters will discuss liability issues, false memory syndrome, and the use of computers and virtual reality in exposure therapy.

Key Features

*Covers the broad range of exposure therapies in one comprehensive source *Provides an integrated look at exposure therapy across a variety of disorders *Each such chapter will include a case study *Blends literature review and practice guidelines


Clinical and counseling psychologists. APA divisions 12,17,29,42,43,49 (27,000 members).

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface 1. Description, Mechanisms of Action, and Assessment David C.S. Richard, Dean Lauterbach, and Andrew T. Gloster 2. Animal Models of Exposure Therapy: A Selective Review James T. Todd and Janet L. Pietrowski 3. Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Interventions for the Anxiety Disorders: Overview and Newer Third-Generation Perspectives John P. Forsyth, Velma Barrios, and Dean T. Acheson 4. Translational Research Perspectives on Maximizing the Effectiveness of Exposure Therapy Mark B. Powers, Jasper A. J. Smits, Teresa M. Leyro, and Michael W. Otto 5. Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Dean Lauterbach and Sarah Reiland 6. Exposure Therapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Frank Castro and Brian P. Marx 7. Issues in Conducting Exposure Therapy to Treat Combat Veterans' PTSD Carlos G. Finlay and Judith A. Lyons 8. Exposure Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Karin E. Larsen 9. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and the Treatment of Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Sandra Mendlowitz 10. Exposure Treatments for Panic Disorder with and without Agoraphobia Ellen I. Koch, Andrew T. Gloster, and Stacey A. Waller 11. Exposure Therapy for Phobias Michiyo Hirai, Laura L. Vernon, and Heather Cochran 12. Applications of Exposure Techniques in Behavioral Medicine Flora Hoodin and Mary Gillis 13. Exposure Therapy for Hypochondriasis Joseph A. Himle and Jody Hoffman 14. The Effect of Pharmacotherapy on the Effectiveness of


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About the editors

David Richard

Affiliations and Expertise

Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, USA

Dean Lauterbach

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, USA


"The authors have succeeded admirably in producing a book that covers exposure therapy from its humble beginnings in behaviorism to its widespread use in anxiety disorders to its forward-thinking future in virtual reality. This book should be a powerful awakening for clinicians who have thus far neglected exposure therapy, but still leaves plenty of stimulating material for more seasoned therapists seeking to expand their use of exposure therapy." - Doody Enterprises, Inc.