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What is In Vivo Desensitization?

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In vivo desensitization is the process of doing systematic desensitization in real life. For example, if the phobic person fears being in the supermarket, the supermarket is the place where the person will go to practice in vivo desensitization. Some therapists will accompany clients in vivo, meaning they will go outside of their offices and into the supermarket. Others will train the clients how to do desensitization while at the office, and the clients will practice in vivo on their own or with other clients, in the case of group treatment. Cognitive Treatment as Preparation for Systematic Desensitization In preparation for desensitization, the client learns and practices relaxing body and mind. The client is taught to use proper breathing and muscle relaxation to relax the body at will. document.getElementById('adsense_placeholder_2').innerHTML = document.getElementById('adsense_ad_2_hidden').innerHTML; Clients with panic disorder and agoraphobia are taught to recognize the ... more
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In vivo desensitization is the process of doing systematic desensitization in real life. For example, if the phobic person fears being in the supermarket, the supermarket is the place where the person will go to practice in vivo desensitization. Some therapists will accompany clients in vivo, meaning they will go outside of their offices and into the supermarket. Others will train the clients how to do desensitization while at the office, and the clients will practice in vivo on their own or with other clients, in the case of group treatment. Cognitive Treatment as Preparation for Systematic Desensitization In preparation for desensitization, the client learns and practices relaxing body and mind. The client is taught to use proper breathing and muscle relaxation to relax the body at will. document.getElementById('adsense_placeholder_2').innerHTML = document.getElementById('adsense_ad_2_hidden').innerHTML; Clients with panic disorder and agoraphobia are taught to recognize the ... more

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