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(p. 1) Introduction: Making a Case for Personalized Exposure Therapy 

(p. 1) Introduction: Making a Case for Personalized Exposure Therapy
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(p. 1) Introduction: Making a Case for Personalized Exposure Therapy
Author(s):

Jasper A. J. Smits

, Mark B. Powers

, and Michael W. Otto

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190602451.003.0001
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date: 16 September 2019

Chapter 1 introduces exposure therapy as an empirically supported, simple, and flexible strategy to reduce a broad spectrum of worries, anxieties, and fears. It describes both what exposure therapy is and what it is not, including many common myths about exposure therapy. The authors describe the art of “playing” with fear as an overall approach. In addition, personalized exposure therapy is introduced as driven by careful case formulation. Unlike a strict manualized approach, this book emphasizes the importance of flexibility using a transdiagnostic yet person-centered focus. Finally, the chapter describes how to use this book, including a review of the chapters and the book’s overarching goals.

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