Hi! I can see where you're coming from with this. I would get curious with yourself about why there's any hesitancy or avoidance or reluctance on your end to do the intentional exposure work. Do you feel like they're still really scary to do it on your own and in a way where you're leaning into the anxiety? If so, I think this is an exposure within an exposure - the act of doing the exposure in and of itself is anxiety provoking therefore all the more reason for you to be doing it. Research shows that 80-90% of treatment gains specifically with ERP happen outside of session. There are lots of reasons for this, but mainly it's because your brain needs to generalize. This means that you can't just do exposures in the therapy session or on the computer or when things come up naturally. It's just not enough. Your brain is going to fight really hard, REALLY HARD, to keep you "safe" at any cost - even if it means you not being able to live life within your values. So that means you will have to work just as hard if not harder to make sure that you are continuing to maintain the territory over your brain/values and not letting the OCD take hold. I can see how it seems unfair or not ideal to need to do exposures outside of session but your therapist seems to be giving you all the right recommendations here. I absolutely would want and recommend, if not require, my members to do ERP outside of session because that's what the literature says is the most helpful for them in getting better. I hope this helps.