Prolonged Exposure for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PE)
Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy developed by Edna Foa, PhD., an internationally renowned authority on the treatment of anxiety. PE was designed to help trauma survivors overcome chronic feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress suffered long after a traumatic event has occurred. Many survivors of trauma suffer from PTSD – the symptoms of which include sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, irritability, flashbacks and nightmares, extreme distress at reminders of the event, and chronic depression. PE therapy combines processing disturbing memories in session with practice in everyday life of re-engaging in avoided activities and situations.