Most anxiety-based disorders can be effectively treated with flooding and/or implosive therapy. In this chapter, we describe flooding and implosive therapy as they are used in our clinical practice. Several disorders are discussed and appropriate case studies are presented. We, of course, cannot describe treatment for all the specific disorders for which exposure is appropriate. The cases selected are representative of the types of clients and disorders that respond well to this treatment. Where we felt it would be helpful, transcripts of implosive and flooding scenes are presented. Further, even though the more complex anxiety disorder of agoraphobia and perhaps many obsessive-compulsive disorders are best treated in groups, we have chosen to present only cases treated individually. Most therapists do not see enough clients to form groups for these complex disorders. Chambless and Goldstein (1981) offer an excellent description of an effective group treatment program using exposure techniques.
KeywordsSocial Phobia Panic Attack Homework Assignment Compulsive Behavior Response Prevention
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