Prolonged Exposure Session 3: Imaginal Rationale, Imaginal Exposure, Processing - Ryan

This video demonstrates the rationale for imaginal exposure, instruction and set-up for the first imaginal exposure, and implementation of imaginal exposure. The client is well engaged even though this is the first exposure and the therapist responses and prompts are accordingly minimal, though she maintains occasional supportive statements and calm, solicitous voice tone to maintain connection with the client. After a break, processing at the end of the clip focuses on validating the client’s efforts and normalizing distress reactions to the memory. The therapist also discusses using the imaginal recording for homework.​

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