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(p. 43) Session 1 

(p. 43) Session 1
(p. 43) Session 1

Edna B. Foa

, Elizabeth A. Hembree

, Barbara Olasov Rothbaum

, and Sheila A. M. Rauch

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date: 29 November 2020

In the beginning of this first PE session, the therapist presents the patient with an overall rationale for PE and describes the main tools of the therapy: imaginal exposure and in vivo exposure. The therapist uses the Trauma Interview to collect general information about the immediate presenting problems, the patient’s functioning, the traumatic experience(s), physical and mental health since the trauma, social support, and use of alcohol and drugs. The Trauma Interview is also designed to aid in the identification of the target trauma. This is the traumatic memory that will be the focus of treatment. Identifying the target trauma is a critical element of effective PE. The patient is also taught breathing retraining in this session.

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