Written Exposure Therapy: A Brief PTSD Treatment

Written Exposure Therapy: A Brief PTSD Treatment
Author(s): Denise M. Sloan, PhDBrian P. Marx, PhD


Written Exposure Therapy (WET) is a brief, 5-session exposure-based psychotherapy for PTSD that is recommended by the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline. WET differs from other trauma-focused psychotherapies in its cost-efficiency and low treatment drop out.

This course reviews the theoretical mechanisms and development of WET, presenting the supporting and on-going research for WET as an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The authors provide a comprehensive description of the WET protocol and its delivery and describe the type of patient who would be a good candidate.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe PTSD treatment
  • Discuss WET development
  • Describe on-going and future-planned WET studies
  • Identify appropriate patients for WET

Find a Therapist

Available en Español

Good treatments for PTSD are available. Here are some suggestions for finding a therapist, counselor, or mental health care provider who can help your recovery.

Things to Consider

  • If you are a Veteran, see Help for Veterans.
  • Make sure the provider has experience treating people who have been through a trauma.
  • Try to find a provider who focuses on evidence-based medications for PTSD or effective talk therapy for PTSD, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Find out what type(s) of insurance the provider accepts and what you will have to pay (out-of-pocket costs) for care.
  • You may find more than one therapist. Learn about Types of Therapists.

First steps

  • Contact your family doctor to ask for a recommendation. Or, ask friends and family if they can recommend a therapist.
  • If you have health insurance, call to find out which mental health providers your insurance company will cover. Your insurance company may require that you choose a provider from among a list they maintain.

Finding a Provider Using the Internet

These resources can help you locate a therapist, counselor, or mental health provider who is right for you. Note: These resources can be used by anyone, and if you are a Veteran, see the “Help for Veterans” section below.


If you need help right away:

Resource: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/find_therapist.asp

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