DBT Prolonged Exposure
Prolonged exposure has been used for many years to treat PTSD that developed from a one-incident trauma and has been available for combat veterans. Prolonged Exposure (PE) is evidence-based to treat active PTSD symptoms and is typically provided over the course of 8-15 weekly sessions ranging from 60-120 minutes. The repeated exposure allows for the client to learn more about the trauma in a manner that will decrease their anxiety-based response to the memory, feelings, or situations of the trauma. This treatment offers hope for clients that there may be a period of their life where they will no longer meet the criteria for PTSD and suffer from the past. Prolonged Exposure is strongly recommended by the APA Clinical Practice guideline for the Treatment of PTSD.