These are done and on an as needed basis and the details decided upon any collaboration between you and your therapist.”
These are fairly rare, so ask for this if you need it. Be open to figuring out how to make it work, being flexible and creating an opportunity for exposure.
“Why should I suffer the distress of confronting a feared situation -on purpose -without doing some rituals to get relief?
After you create a ritual, you temporarily feel less distress.
This temporary relief is what makes you continue to engage in the ritual, this makes your OCD stronger. By not performing rituals, and learning to tolerate the distress provided by confronting the triggers, you ultimately weaken your OCD, which will improve your quality of life.” Edna Foa PhD
Your goal is not to be comfortable 100% of the time, because that is simply not possible. Your goal is to improve your quality of life, which is possible. In order to improve the quality of life, you have to look at tradeoffs. The short term relief of a ritual will interfere with your on going quality of life. Sometimes, we are tempted to make that tradeoff, even though we realize that it is sabotaging our long term goals. Can we practice bravery in the face of temptation?