Direct Therapeutic Exposure
(DTE) is a technique pioneered by Patrick A. Boudewyns, where stressors
are vividly and safely confronted to help combat veterans
, and patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), panic disorder
, or phobias
. A similar therapy is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(EMDR). First known publication in book form is Flooding and Implosive Therapy: Direct Therapeutic Exposure in Clinical Practice
by Patrick A. Boudewyns, Robert H. Shipley. 1983. ISBN 0-306-41155-5.
It is not uncommon to combine DTE treatment with other therapies.
Other techniques for treating PTSD:
Boudewyns, P.A. & Hyer, L. (1990). "Physiological Response to Combat Memories and Preliminary Treatment Outcome in Vietnam Veteran PTSD patients treated with Direct Therapeutic Exposure." Behavior Therapy
, 21, 63-87.