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Graded Exposure

Graded Exposure

Graded exposure is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. It offers a structured method for confronting and reducing anxiety. This technique helps individuals face their fears gradually, leading to long-term relief.

Confronting Anxiety

Graded exposure addresses the issue of avoidance in anxiety disorders. By avoiding feared situations, individuals can sustain their anxiety. This approach provides a pathway to face and overcome these fears in a controlled way.

Step-by-Step Relief

Graded exposure in CBT involves gradually facing feared objects, activities, or situations. Starting with less challenging tasks and slowly moving to more difficult ones, individuals build confidence and resilience. This systematic approach helps in desensitising and ultimately overcoming anxiety triggers.

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About Graded Exposure

Graded exposure, a technique used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, involves confronting fears in a step-by-step manner. It is designed to help individuals gradually reduce their anxiety by systematically facing feared situations.

How It Helps

By using graded exposure, individuals learn to manage their anxiety responses. This method helps in breaking the cycle of avoidance, leading to a decrease in anxiety over time.

How It Works

Graded exposure involves creating a hierarchy of fears, starting with the least anxiety-provoking situations and gradually progressing to more challenging ones. This process is done at a pace that is comfortable for the individual, ensuring steady progress.


What is graded exposure in CBT?
Graded exposure is a technique used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy where individuals gradually face their fears to reduce anxiety.
How does graded exposure help with anxiety?
By confronting fears gradually, individuals can desensitize themselves to anxiety triggers, reducing their overall anxiety levels.
Is graded exposure suitable for everyone?
Graded exposure can be tailored to individual needs, making it a flexible approach for many types of anxiety disorders.


  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – Cognitive behavioural therapy
  2. Royal College of Psychiatrists – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  3. Mind – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision