Extinction Procedures Therapy
are used to weaken maladaptive responses, such as anxiety. Two
types of extinction processes are flooding and implosion therapy.
Flooding is meant to lessen anxiety
by exposing a client to a controlled situation in which they experience
the anxiety. The client will learn that the situation provokes
no harm to them and they will realize their anxiety is not needed.
With flooding the client is immediately placed in this situation
and is forced to remain in it until they realize this.
Implosion therapy is designed
to weaken anxiety by having clients imagine as vividly as possible
the unpleasant events that are causing them anxiety. Eventually
the more that a client imagines a scene, the less anxiety they
will feel when imagining it.