systematic desensitisation


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Related to systematic desensitisation: aversion therapy
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Noun1.systematic desensitisation - a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
behavior modification, behavior therapy - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
exposure therapy - a form of behavior therapy in which a survivor confronts feelings or phobias or anxieties about a traumatic event and relives it in the therapy situation
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"If you've already started to avoid places, the most appropriate form of therapy is something called 'graded exposure therapy', or 'systematic desensitisation'," says Nicky.
Nicky said: "If you've already started to avoid places, the most appropriate form of therapy is something called 'graded exposure therapy', or 'systematic desensitisation'.
We do "systematic desensitisation" which means gradually exposing people to those stimuli which are the source of the phobia.

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