Prolonged Exposure Session 6: Introduce Hot Spots, Hot Spot Imaginal Exposure, Processing

This video demonstrates a short rationale for hot spots, selection of hot spot portions of the memory, and implementation of the first hot spot. After a break, processing focuses on cognitions related to guilt and responsibility for the trauma. Processing in this clip is informal, and the therapist is not at this point challenging the client’s cognitions directly, but frequently restates and emphasizes details and cognitions that lay the groundwork for processing in future sessions.

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