IN VIVO DESENSITIZATION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 Used to reduce and eliminate phobias when a client is exposed to stimuli that induces anxiety. The therapist will produce a series of events that relate to the phobia or stimulus and gauge the reactions. IN VIVO DESENSITIZATION: "In vivo desensitisation is used in behaviour therapy." Related Psychology Terms ANXIETY HIERARCHY AUTOMATED DESENSITIZATION APPLIED RELAXATION SUMMATION METHOD OF CONSTANT STIMULI PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY ATTRIBUTION THERAPY SENSITIZATION SYSTEMATIC RATIONAL RESTRUCTURING SOCIAL PHOBIA Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "IN VIVO DESENSITIZATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/in-vivo-desensitization/ (accessed June 26, 2017).