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Sunday, July 31 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Addressing Distress Intolerance in Exposure Therapy

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An important predictor of successful treatment outcome in exposure-based therapy is a client's ability to tolerate distress. Clients who are unable to tolerate distress will either not agree to engage in exposures, use escape or avoidance strategies during the exposures, and/or not practice exposures for homework. In this workshop presenters will review distress tolerance and exposure therapy research, demonstrate the negative impact poor distress tolerance has in exposure therapy utilizing case examples, and provide strategies for improving a client's distress tolerance and readiness for initiating or resuming exposure therapy.


Jacquelyn Gola, PsyD

Dr. Jacquelyn Gola earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University in 2015. She specializes in the evidence-based treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania, and other body focused repetitive disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She received specialized training at the Children and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr... Read More →

Jayme Jacobs, PsyD

Dr. Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and graduate of La Salle University. She has trained at specialized treatment facilities, including the Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC (CEH) and the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She has expertise in evidence-based treatment of OC spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders. Her clinical passion is helping clients and their loved ones... Read More →

Stephanie Rabin Scherr, PhD

Stephanie Rabin Scherr earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2013. She currently is a Licensed Psychologist at the Center for Emotional Health in Cherry Hill, NJ. She specializes in treating OCD, anxiety disorders, and body-focused repetitive behaviors. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Scherr has conducted research related to the use of exposure and response prevention with patients with OCD.

Sunday July 31, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor