Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a behaviorally focused treatment that is used to treat anxiety disorders and is presently the treatment with the greatest empirical support for treating OCD. ERP also works well as a “Pure OCD” treatment. As human beings, when we are overwhelmed with anxiety and doubt, we instinctively find ways to get relief. Rituals (or compulsions) and avoidance of triggers can provide us with momentary reprieve. While these strategies may help in the short term, unfortunately, they actually keep us stuck in the long term. Additionally, they often become time-consuming and prevent us from engaging with the things that matter to us.