Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is a theoretically based and highly effective treatment for chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related depression, anxiety, and anger. PE is based on over 20 years of clinical research that supports its use and is based on basic cognitive behavioral principles. PE is a flexible therapy that can be modified to fit the needs of individual clients and is specifically designed to help clients process traumatic events and reduce trauma-induced psychological disturbances. PE has produced clinically significant improvement in about 80% of patients living with chronic PTSD.
PE was developed by Edna Foa, PhD, Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Numerous well-controlled studies have shown that PE significantly reduces the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anger, and anxiety in trauma survivors. Practitioners throughout the United States and many foreign countries currently use PE to successfully treat survivors of varied traumas including rape, assault, child abuse, combat, motor vehicle accidents and disasters. PE has been beneficial for those suffering from co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse when combined with substance abuse treatment.