Building a fear ladder allows the client to construct an Exposure Hierarchy along with therapist-directed efforts in which feared stimuli are ranked according to anticipated fear reaction. The Exposure Hierarchy is used as an effective technique toward reducing anxiety through repeated presentation of what evokes the anxiety until the discomfort is decreased. Mildly feared stimuli is first targeted, followed by more strongly feared stimuli toward reaching client's goal.
Solis, Elizabeth, "Exposure Therapy/Systematic Desensitization" (2021). Professional Impact Project: Implementation of Evidence Based Practices by Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Students. 15.