I have been trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy by the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the Perelman School of Medicine (UPenn).
Most people want to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma they experienced but doing so reinforces their fear. PE is a theoretically-based and highly efficacious treatment for chronic PTSD and related depression, anxiety, and anger. It reduces the symptoms of PTSD across a variety of traumatized populations.
PE is one of the most studied psychotherapeutic interventions for PTSD and is empirically validated.
It has been developed over the past 30 years through well-controlled studies and clinical practice supporting its use treating thousands of clients. PE is a flexible and robust treatment that can be safely and effectively applied with even the most complex client presentations and comorbidities. It is typically provided over a period of about three months with weekly individual sessions, resulting in eight to 15 sessions overall. Sixty to 120-minute sessions are usually needed in order for the individual to engage in exposure and sufficiently process the experience.
PE was specifically designed to help clients process traumatic events and reduce trauma-induced psychological disturbances. It is a treatment that produces clinically significant improvement in about 80% of clients with chronic PTSD.