Systematic Desensitisation

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  • Systematic Desensitisation
    • 1. Functional Analysis
      • Careful questioning to discover the nature of the anxiety and possible triggers.
    • 2. Hierarchy of fears
      • Client and therapist derive a hierarchy of anxiety provoking situations from least to the most fearful
    • 3. Relaxation training
    • 4. Gradual exposure
    • AIM
      • To extinguish an undesirable behaviour such as a phobia
    • EVALUATION
      • Fail to identify underlying cause of fear
      • Causes stress as exposing people to stuff they have a fear of
      • They are widely used by the NHS

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