What is Exposure Therapy? PTSD, Anxiety, OCD and more… Mental Health Help with Kati Morton

What is Exposure Therapy? PTSD, Anxiety, OCD and more… Mental Health Help with Kati Morton

100 Replies to “What is Exposure Therapy? PTSD, Anxiety, OCD and more… Mental Health Help with Kati Morton”

  1. Hi Kati. I love your videos and I feel like I learn more about myself and others everyday because of them #foreverakinion I just have a question. How do I become able to tell my therapist things without worrying about how it will affect them because I feel like I can't tell my therapist (or anyone really) about the "bad stuff" because I know they probably have their own stuff to deal with and I don't want to burden them anymore? I know it's definitely not that I need to find another therapist but that I'm just crap at thinking about myself for once. Thank you. #katifaq

  2. I have had problems for a long time and my parents think I should go to therapy but I don't know that will help

  3. Maybe I tapped too quickly but the flooding technique just made me feel worse. Gradual desensitization would've worked way better for my personality I think. Thanks for the vids

  4. Hey Kati! I was thinking it might be interesting if you did a video about highly sensitive people, my therapist brought it up in one of our sessions and I've been reading about it recently. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and how it relates to/coexists with mental illness. Thanks!

  5. What do you think of Virtual Reality to beat phobias? I have seen a few studies that are going on that show it can really help as it puts you "literally" in the situation, but you have a therapists right there talking to you too. The one I saw put a spider in a room with you and had it move randomly, but the therapists can see how you react and coaches you to fear it less and less.

    Also, there is a presentation app for the Samsung Gear VR that puts you in a business meeting or a theatre setting and allows you to read your speech to an audience all looking at you, and I will say it does bring up a lot of fear as if you are actually doing it in real life. However, now you can practise at the comforts of your own home everyday to get better and better at talking to crowds. I think it has potential to be a huge breakthrough, but would like to hear a professionals thoughts on it?

  6. Hi Katy (or anyone else who may be able to give some advice),
    This isn't related to the video but I didn't know where else to ask.
    So, I've been struggling with suicidal thoughts, self harm and what I label as depression (because I haven't been properly diagnosed.) I really want to go see a therapist to see what's truly wrong with me and hopefully get some help, but I live in a country where English speaking therapists are rare and expensive and my family doesn't have the money for that, plus the country I live in has enormous stigma over mental disorders, and I'm scared. Also, since I'm a minor, to go see a therapist in the first place I'd have to get parental consent, which would be… hard. My mom's not an option because, well, firstly I don't speak my native language – the only language she speaks – well enough to explain what it is I've been struggling with these past years, plus she kinda told me to just end my life if I didn't like it a month back out of nowhere, so i don't think she'd be much help… as for my father, he's more of a stranger to me than my dad.
    I don't know where to turn, I really want and need help and can't really go on like this anymore but it feels like all my possibilities are blocked. Please help, thanks 🙂

  7. When I was in ED treatment we did exposure therapy in a group setting twice a week and sometimes individually. I found it extremely helpful and I wish I could continue to do it outpatient. The great part about doing it in a group was you had instant process space and support. Some exposures I did were things like going to the mall and trying on jeans, going grocery shopping, or doing a group Q&A session about my ED.

  8. GREAT video Kati! I was wondering your thought on Biphasic sleep, polyphasic sleep, and monophasic sleep. BTW your livestreams are AMAZING! xoxo

  9. As a victim of sexual abuse I need to have an internal examination. But I'm scared, I have PTSD and I'm scared I'll be trigged. Any advice will be really appreciated. Thank you

  10. Hey Kati!

    This doesn't really have to do with today's video, but…

    If I tell my therapist about a recent suicide attempt (2-3 weeks ago) that I had previously lied to her about, will she have to take action? Like a 5150?

    Thanks a zillion!!!

  11. Hey Kati,
    I know this is kind of long but if possible, I would like to hear your thoughts on the following scenario:

    You're in a CBT group with elements of exposure therapy. From the team of therapists, a few are mentors. Out of those few, there is one specific therapist you seem to connect with (idealised transference?) however, this person is unavailable due to the limited amount of people that can be mentored by one person. Repeated attempts to voice this 'need' have resulted in negative transference to (some of) the other therapists. You begin to question your own thoughts and needs and you feel stuck with feelings of rejection, alienation and loneliness. This situation then begins to fuel the problem as you're beginning to withhold your thoughts and emotions; avoidance becomes standard.

    I personally think it's reasonable to want that bit of extra support from the idealised person to boost the therapeutic process. Having to do without this person continues to bug me and slow me down.
    As a result, I can't really focus and work as efficiently on my goals.
    With the therapy ending soon (after 1 year), I feel desperate because of the idea that I could have achieved more.
    I can't seem to let go of the frustration caused by this but mindfulness helps a little.
    I don't know if this is normal. Am I just crazy or is this all part of CBT?

  12. Can you make another video on BPD but from the DSM 5? And maybe show the difference from the DSM IV? It makes me so confused because the criterion in the DSM 5 sounds complicated and uses big words, unlike the DSM IV which is easier to understand. #katiFAQ

  13. I've been in therapy since Feb and I've just realised my therapist has been doing exposure therapy for my PTSD.. Especially the flooding part, it's really helped me. Thanks for this video.

  14. Hey….random question, what's your shirt say and what is the graphic? I love it from what I can see!!

  15. Hi Kati, I am enjoying your educational videos. I'm not sure if you had/have experience with working with an individual who suffers from selective mutism (MS) or elective mutism. I am familiar with this disorder but how can an individual work through their "episodes" during a situation where the person has to speak? Is it just as common for adults to have SM as children do? Thanks!

  16. Thanks Kati I really appreciate your videos. I have found exposing myself to what I am afraid of, as in going back to having control in my life, when the trauma happened to be very scary but beneficial as I realise I am safe now, I can protect myself now more, and that I do have control over myself, which is surprising! Kelly

  17. Hi Kati, your videos have been very helpful. Thanks so much. Can you do video on hypnotherapy? Is that helpful if I have bottled up my emotions and sometimes I don't even know how I feel?

  18. I have social anxiety to people who want to be my friend, what should I do? I feel scare because I have trust issue with opposite sex. I feel scare when I get too close with them.

  19. Hi Kati, my social worker wants me to get a diagnose (I´m self harming) to make it easier to find a therapist, but getting a diagnose seems so difficult, isn´t it enough if my future-therapist knows that I´m self harming?

  20. Hey Kati, I hate to get off topic, but I was wondering if maybe you might be willing to do a segment on abandonment issues and how they might be linked to other illnesses…?

  21. Katie! This is totally random, but I wanted to thank you so much for doing these videos. Seriously, thank you so much for spreading awareness, education and compassion towards mental illnesses, even "scary" mental illnesses that no one seems to want to talk about without stigma (like one of my diagnoses). It seriously means the world, especially because you're probably also networking with other therapists to spread this amazing positive mindset. Stigma still exists among people in the psychology field, and it hurts as a patient, so thank you. (and sorry for rambling!)

  22. Exposure therapy really helped me with my PTSD. It's tough and really hard sometimes, but so worth it in the end.

  23. hey kati please can you do a video on marina joyce! I'd love to know your opinion from a therapists point! thank you x

  24. Kati have you ever heard of a person developing twitching due to high levels of anxiety and panic? Suffered since a child and now I have something called benign fasciculation syndrome where I twitch 24/7 in several areas of my body. They are blaming it on anxiety seeing all my tests were clean. Thanks!

  25. #katifaq
    Hi Kati, I was wondering if you could do a video on triggers. I just started this group therapy program and I find myself getting very very nervous about going and I have really bad social anxiety. I feel I am getting triggered by the stress about having to go and it is making it hard to recover from my self harm.. What should I do? I also just got switched to a new therapist in the program because the one I was seeing switched jobs and I can't talk to my new one. I did not have this problem with my first one, sure I was nervous but at least I could do the hour session, with my new one I'm lucky if I sit there 20-30minutes. He doesn't say anything and it makes it even worse for me.

  26. Hi Kati, I was wondering, since you're a professional, would you be so kind as to look into the Marina Joyce issue and maybe give your input on if Marina seems unstable or on something? I know it wouldn't really fit your channel, but I think it would give a lot of people some perspective to hear from a professional what they think is going on..

  27. so i dont know what videos you look at to get video topics or anything like that but i was hoping maybe you could talk about teen pregnancy, miscarriage and how to handle these things. i was 15 when i lost my virginity and the same day i got pregnant and i didnt tell anyone i got pregnant. i miscarried and i still havent truly handled it and i no longer have a therapist and was hoping you could touch on this topic. i cant seem to find this topic if you have already touched on this. i love you so much and i love your videos. you are amazing and i hope you see this comment.

  28. I did exposure and response prevention for ocd and it was great. I mean in the moment some shit sucks, but after the anxiety goes down it was great. fuck you ocd.

  29. Hey Kati I just wanted to share this with you and the community because I don't know how to bring it up or even bring it up to my therapist. I feel like my therapist doesn't understand me at all is it just me? I feel like I'm just not understanding myself I feel alone and empty and my MDD is acting up because I just feel really down about this. Hope you or anyone else can give me tips. Thanks everyone!

  30. Hey Kati, I love your videos and how informative they are on a verity of different mental health issues. But I was wondering if you think it is okay to go to therapy or counseling even if you don't think you have a mental illness or disorder? Thank you!

  31. hi Kati thank you for all of your videos, they have helped me so much❤️❤️❤️I was wondering maybe could you do a video about why people shoplift? i know it's a bit different than your other videos, but I was reading about shoplifting and I discovered a lot of people with mental illnesses struggle with doing it. I wanted to know your opinion. why do people do it? how do you stop? is it true a lot of shoplifters struggle with mental illnesses? thx so much☺️

  32. Hi Kati…this questions is probably too late but I was wondering what your thoughts are on child on child sexual abuse?

    Say where there is a 4 year difference between children in which one child is being bullied & threatened into sexual acts they know are wrong?

  33. hello kati!
    Would you be able to touch on the subject of trauma bonding in one of your videos, if you have not done so already? This is an issue I seem to deal with a lot due to past abusive experiences and you may know more about it than I have been able to find online. Trauma bonding comes along with alot of confusion and guilt, and I feel as if victims are fearful of opening up about this sort of thing, at least I am so i imagine that others would be as well. I feel as if touching on this sort of subject and talking a bit about how to deal with it might benefit other people as well as me. Thankyou thankyou 🙂

  34. Hey Katie I have a question, I was watching one of your videos on toxic people, and I'm kind of in a situation where I'm not really able to be around healthy people all of the time to balance out all of the toxic. I live in a toxic environment and I'm 17 so I can't move out from my family (the toxic people) they are constant reminders of trauma I'm working through and my treatment team is referring me to a rtf. I don't want to go to an rtf because of missing my senior year of high school? I know I could just do the work in the rtf but I have grown strong relationships with some of the teachers in the school, and I also have bpd, could this be a reason why I'm terrified of leaving my teachers? Do you have any kind of advise for someone in this kind of situation?

  35. Can u give me advice , I have a twin bro named Ryan who is friends with the c twins and pat ( who every girl likes) . A lot of people give me looks ,or don't like me cause they herd about me from my bros friends , because I will talk to them . my best friend is grace ( only friend ) . She is kind funny and creative .

  36. Or they look or say judgey thing s , they see it gets to me , I am usually out going creative and crazy and nice so yea ( and I never talked to most of these girls) .

  37. Hi Kati my therapist has told me to look into NLP therapy (Nuero linguistic programming) but I'm having trouble finding a video that explains it in relation to using it in therapy. Could you please help me find some reliable information on this?

  38. I'm currently doing exposure therapy for ptsd and I agree with others that have said it's the hardest thing they've ever done. It is rough, and I constantly want to quit and skip appointments, but I know it will work and things will get better. For me personally, it has taken a lot longer than it "should" because I have a lot of trouble opening up and I'm worried about how much detail to share. Everything says "as much as possible", but I'm still not sure how much that means, even if it should be fairly obvious. Does my T really need to know every tiny detail of my assault or can I be a bit more general? It throws me off because nobody has a straight forward answer to that, not even my T. Thanks for doibg this video. It's one I had hoped you would do because tgere aren't many out there, especially when it comes to ptsd.

  39. Do you have any recommendations for exposure therapy for panic disorder with agoraphobia? I work on it with my therapist but I get stuck on one step which is I go out to one place for a half hour (or less) and then go home. I can't go anywhere crowded.. I don't work in the summer so I've been doing more exposure but I can't seem to move past where I'm at. She wants me to try to drive somewhere alone (because I go with my mom) and go in but I know I'll panic if I try. I have before. :/

  40. Hi Kati 🙂 New subscriber here! I find your channel very helpful not only for persons with disorders but also to those who are studying in the field of psychology. I'm now reviewing for my board exams (to be a Licensed Psychometrician), so thank you very much for the wonderful informative videos 😀 yay!

  41. This is really helpful information! I've been wondering if this type of therapy might help me make more progress, but with having just recently changed therapists, I unfortunately have to spend a while getting to know the new one, and obviously letting her get to know me first, before its something that I can consider – but I would like to try it some time and thus, really appreciate you sharing this! Thank you! 🙂

  42. You are such an inspirational person! I love every single one of your videos, just recently subscribed! You have helped me so much, especially in starting my education to become a therapist.

  43. Today I found this neat little thing that (in a fairly simplified manner) explains Exposure Therapy through an interactive animation and thought this'd be a good place to share it, is pretty simple but also coo': http://ncase.me/neurons/

  44. A thing that's meant to help with exposure therapy is the drug propranolol, its a beta blocker, what reinforces a phobia is the stress hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline which your body releases when you approach your fear or even just think about your fear, when you panic these chemicals are released which reinforces the fear, by taking propranolol it helps block this reaction within the body as it helps stop your heart racing etc so when you think of the fear the same time you take propranolol the fear doesn't have a profound effect on you like it once did.

  45. Hey Kati I did exposure therapy for the first time today during and after even still my anxiety is pretty unbearable I haven't felt this terrible in a long time is it ok to tell my therapist I'm not ready?

  46. My new T is going to do the exposure therapy online. I've been diagnosed with PTSD (CPTSD really). My dissociation makes it really hard to ground and stay on track.

  47. Brilliant video. In the UK it's near on impossible to be able to get consistent therapy to do exposure therapy with you. Grr.

  48. I'm doing the Exposure by Tele Communication Video for my CPTSD. Not sure it's the best option, due to so many intrusive memories. Then we click off the monitor and I have to deal with this on my own. sigh

  49. I was wondering how exposure therapy works on someone who disassociates and struggles coming out of it?  Would a Flooding experience be a bad tool for my therapist to use if this is the case.  She wants to start Monday and I am worried.

  50. I've been putting myself through exposure therapy. Something as simple as walking around downtown Athens, sitting in a coffee shop and reading the local paper was incredibly unnerving for me. I've even improved my social skills by meeting random people on the street, baristas and art shop employees.

    It's only been three weeks of pushing myself into the world that I've become much more emotionally stable. Now anxiety only comes in waves and not nearly as intense.

  51. Im wrapping up my IOP for my OCD using exposure therapy. It is amazing. I scored a 33 out of 40 on the sidebox and in the middle of my therapy i webt down to a 22. Tgat was five weeks ago. Im doing one more sidebox tgis week and i will be done with tge program! I used to be borderline agorophobic, i used to have to cross the street when i saw ants, i ate a couple weeks ago. Exposure therapy works, and you become the bwst version of you ever. But the thing im dissapointed in, kati, is that to get over your phobia and OCD is that tou arebt allowed to calm yourself down, you ride the wave and you jump in, wading into exposure therapy is really stupid and takes away valuable time. You are going to freak out, you are going to cry, that's how it works. Your suds will be at a 10 you cant keep it at a 3 the whole time, that doesnt work.

  52. I need this bad. I have extreme arachnophobia and I've been placed in a job in an area where there are so, so many spiders. Everywhere. And I don't think there's anyone who does exposure therapy here, although I am looking into it.

  53. Thank you for clarifying that exposure therapy is NOT what many in popular culture think it is, an excuse to shove someone's triggers down their throats "for their own good."

  54. Fun story: for a long time when I was a kid (probably from about age 4 to age 10) I had a fairly severe phobia of corpses, mummies, skeletons, etc. It got to a point where at times I was afraid to go outside or walk into dark rooms due to the wildly irrational fear of encountering something dead. I was fully aware that it wasn't normal or rational (especially since it was so specific; I wasn't really affected by a lot of other stuff such as dissections and violent movies) so instead of doing something a normal kid would do like tell my parents I was scared I just kinda did my best to ignore it. Anyway, when I was in middle school/early high school I decided I'd had enough and unknowingly systematically desensitized myself to it by taking an anatomy class, seeking out creepy films that I would've avoided earlier on, and reading books about mummies and such. It may have worked too well because I ended up taking forensic anthropology for fun as a sophomore and now I'm pretty much unaffected by any and all violence, but I guess it's better than jumping out of my own skin every time I see a shadow, right? Moral of the story: tell someone if you're dealing with some mental/emotional problem. Fixing it on your own is really not a great plan.

  55. I have a question;Is it exposure therapy when the therapist is helping the client dealing with uncomfortable feelings, memories or desires so that the client can process (and become less overwhelmed and scared) instead of repressing them?

  56. Weird, I hadn't heard about this approach before, there are so many ways to conquer fear from vomiting, and just feel relief within weeks. It's super uplifting. Not having to depend on "forcing it out" or ineffective hypnosis sessions lol… maybe just google Gunther Streplock's website to see exactly what I mean.

  57. i have a big fear of a weighing scale i have body image issues i have a ed when i was 16 i obbsses over weight being skinng fat i bben doing that since i was 16 im 29 im still thiss way at i went on za fair ride and a smller person sits in siide larger on outside it bother me that my mom was told to go on the smaller side im obssed thai i can wear kids size clothes i get discomfort around thinner person thern me but my bootom size pants are larger im always looking in the mirror to see how thin my neck is i obbsed with y collar bone showing when whey they use larger blood pressue cufff idrt botther me but i obbssed when i see the extras hangig off becuuse i know cuff was too bigg but the stand onesfit me too keep saying my arms are big and i want them s mall i have pig fear of getting on scale on of the walking senter nurse remembers me from that evenb from afew years a go and a got discomfort of folks thinnr arond me what exposre treatment would do and how would i do this can yu pleade break it all down to me thanks

  58. i’m going through i long process of exposure therapy for my emetephobia but i’m waiting for ptsd exposure therapy until i get a service dog because i just don’t trust it…

  59. I have a phobia of driving and planes and it's ruining my life … Ive never looked for help but maybe this is what I need

  60. Could You send to me or Tell some paper/book/material teaching How to use imagery techniques in cognitive or behavior therapy?
    That's something to solve imagery that comes with feelings like fear and works like a trauma.

  61. I remember some psychiatrist said some terrifying things about exposure therapy made me so scared of it. That person sucks

  62. I‘m tempted to try exposure to my abuser to stop the crazy ptsd anxiety attacks his sight triggers but I don‘t want him to know he is affecting me like this. For right now, I unblocked him on my phone and I think about the exposure or just talking to him on the phone, the thought alone makes me uneasy.

  63. Thanks for this warnings. I'm usually a "whatever it takes" kind of person so i don't always think about the process, just the outcome. I'll be sure to ask some of these questions. Especially since this is a btw treatment experience with a new therapist. I just met him today. He seems really cool and with the times but I've never heard of exposure therapy before. Looking forward to keeping the past in the past and moving forward. So thank again for sharing.

  64. Exposure therapy is truly the treatment of choice for many psychological disorders including phobias, panic attacks, and OCD. Thank you for educating the public about this gold standard treatment, Kati!

  65. Exposure therapy I'm not a fan of. It's rather outdated. I have done it and it all it has done is caused more issues. My therapist I see now is not a fan either.

  66. Thanks Kati… please would be able to go in more details about Exposure Therapy… I hv been diagnosed with Complex PTSD… and a service that I m linked to it is pushing that on me. I try to explain to the Therapist that I dont know her yet and feel the pressure wont help me open up. I have asked her explain how the therapy would go… and her reply was helpful.. she took as i was doubting her studies… and she was the one that did years of psychology. Also she doesn't have 10 years to spend on me… and because my caution she thinks I don't get better.? I feel confused and pressured and knowing my self I won't be able to be completely honest with the therapy because I feel uneasy with her. Please just more information I dont want get worse.

  67. Flooding: a behavioral technique used to treat phobias (e.g., fear of spiders) when we are flooded with the object of our fear (buckets of spiders) until the fear disappears. Contrasts with fading procedures when the object of our fear is introduced gradually (one teensy spider at a time), and generally preferred avoidance procedures when we eliminate (shoe on spider) the fearful object once and for all.
    From Dr. Mezmer’s World of Bad Psychology, at an internet near you!

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