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(p. 89) Embarking on Exposure: Important Considerations 

(p. 89) Embarking on Exposure: Important Considerations
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(p. 89) Embarking on Exposure: Important Considerations
Author(s):

Carolyn Black Becker

, Nicholas R. Farrell

, and Glenn Waller

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190069742.003.0009
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date: 29 September 2020

The aim of this chapter is to help clinicians think through some of the nuts and bolts of doing exposure. Exposure clinicians have many choices to make throughout the therapy process. This chapter considers questions related to the use of hierarchies in exposure, the speed at which patients progress through feared stimuli, the titration of anxiety, and the concept of exposure as a lifestyle. The chapter also considers the ways in which exposure interacts with other strategies used in evidence-based treatments of eating disorders and encourages clinicians to realize that forced contact with feared stimuli may not create optimal conditions for safety learning.

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