One-session treatment for specific phobias

Behav Res Ther. 1989;27(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/0005-7967(89)90113-7.


A rapid and effective treatment for specific phobias, in which the treatment is done in one single session, is described in detail. The treatment method consists of a combination of exposure in vivo and modeling. The short- and long-term outcome for a consecutive series of 20 patients are reported. Mean treatment time was 2.1 h and at follow-up after an average of 4 yr 90% were much improved or completely recovered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*