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Exposure and response prevention (ERP)

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) encourages individuals to resist their compulsions and replace them with relaxation techniques instead. ERP is commonly used to tackle obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and safety behaviours related to anxiety. At HSR Psychology, we are able to provide ERP for individuals.

ERP is a variation of exposure therapy which is particularly useful for phobias.

Who is suitable for ERP?

Children and young people from the age of 3 up to 25 may be suitable for ERP from HSR Psychology.

ERP may be suitable for young people who have: 

If you would be interested in seeing how a ERP could be of benefit to you then please contact us.

What are the benefits of ERP?

ERP from HSR Psychology can have a plethora of benefits for the young person, including:

Following ERP we will be able to provide some recommendations for supporting the young person. These recommendations will allow you to help the individual to manage their anxieties, obsessions and compulsions.

What happens prior to ERP?

ERP can be carried out with us following an initial discussion. You can read more about our initial discussion as well as out whole process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during ERP?

During ERP the young person will be taught relaxation techniques for dealing with compulsions. Once the individual is able to independently use these relaxation techniques, they will be encouraged to confront their anxieties whilst resisting their compulsions. The individual may experience short-term anxiety but long-term compulsions will often reduce. Gradually, the individual will usually become less anxious when confronted with certain situations linked to their obsession. We provide ERP which takes place within an education, home, community setting or within one of our clinics.

What happens after ERP?

After ERP the young person will be able to use techniques appropriately to manage their compulsions. Following ERP it may be suggested that follow up sessions are planned, especially if a triggering event occurs. Outcomes from ERP can be provided through an individual feedback session, or through a written report if required. At HSR psychology you will be supported through the intervention which is why we give you the option of receiving follow up support from us.

Does ERP come with a report?

A report from us after an intervention is always recommended. This report is comprised of: what took place, the impact of what took place and relevant recommendations for the future. A detailed comprehensive report can be provided after ERP highlighting aspects such as useful coping techniques. A report following ERP can be used for many reasons. ERP is provided for different reasons, and if you do not want a written report following the intervention then verbal feedback can be given along with a brief summary. Read more about our reports.

Arrange an initial discussion

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Next steps...

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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