Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Thinking about memories of the past is usually a good time filled with laughter, happiness, and a desire to replay a moment just one more time.  However, for those with PTSD, memories of the past can be terrifying and debilitating to their everyday lives.  PTSD, or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric, trauma- and stressor-related disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed an intensely traumatic experience.  PTSD can develop when a person was directly exposed to trauma, witnessed trauma, learned that a relative or close friend was exposed to trauma, or had indirect exposure to intense details of the trauma like first responders or medics may experience.  Intrusive symptoms such as re-experiencing the trauma, avoidance of trauma reminders, negative mood or thinking, and feeling on edge and on guard are all a part of PTSD.  

Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy is a method of treatment used only to treat trauma-related problems and has been proven by research to be incredibly effective.  PE uses in vivo and imaginal exposure techniques to help those suffering from PTSD to overcome their symptoms and heal.  Imaginal exposure occurs in session with a therapist and involves guided remembering and describing of the traumatic event in detail in the safety of the therapist’s office.  This is combined with in vivo exposure which is a patient’s “homework” to safely and comfortably face real life situations that remind the client of the trauma.  These types of exposure combined with the guidance and support of a therapist certified in PE have helped many people overcome their trauma-related pain and move on with their lives.  If you have PTSD or other trauma disorders contact us for a consultation on whether Prolonged Exposure Therapy is right for you.  It’s time for you to get your life back!

If you are interested in making an appoint call us at 251-222-8880 or email us at

This blog was written by our Spring Hill/Hurley intern Taylor Empson.

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