Exposure Therapy for OCD worksheet

On this page, we will provide you with an exposure therapy worksheet that will help you learn to cope with compulsions (an irresistible urge to do something) through exposure therapy.

What is the Exposure Therapy for OCD worksheet about?

According to the American Psychological Association, exposure therapy is a psychological treatment used to help people confront their fear and avoidance behaviours. In most cases, avoidance behaviour and fears are fuelled by negative and irrational thoughts concerning a specific situation, object, or person. Exposure therapy seeks to break the cycle of avoidance of fears by providing a safe environment for a client to face their fears and establish rational thoughts and beliefs that reduce the symptoms of fears. Exposure therapy is also used to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and Post Traumatic Stress disorder.

How will the Exposure therapy for OCD worksheet help?

This exposure therapy worksheet will provide you with an in-vivo exposure exercise (confronting your OCD compulsion face to face) to help you learn that compulsions are just irrational urges that have little or no negative consequences on your life.

Instructions on how to use the Exposure Therapy for OCD worksheet.

To use this worksheet, begin by making a hierarchy of triggers (activities, things, or situations that can activate your OCD obsessions and compulsions) 

For safety purposes, expose yourself to the triggers beginning with the least threatening triggers and record what you have learned about OCD thoughts after the exposure exercise.

You can download this worksheet here.


On this page, we provided you with an exposure therapy for OCD worksheet that we hope helped you learn how to face irrational thoughts and beliefs causing you fear, anxiety and trauma.

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