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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy is an effective, evidence-based treatment developed specifically for those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific and time-limited adaptation of cognitive therapy that aims to reduce the frequency and intensity of many of the symptoms commonly associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  • Traumatic experiences can be one-time occurrences or ongoing situations during which someone is exposed to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation in one of many different ways. Examples of traumatic events include physical or emotional abuse, combat experience, rape, robberies, and natural disasters.

  • Symptoms frequently associated with PTSD include re-experiencing a traumatic event with intrusive memories or nightmares, avoidance of things associated with the traumatic event, an overall lower mood and altered thinking, and feeling as if you are on edge or irritable.

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy treatment is usually about 10-15 sessions and uses many of the fundamental techniques in cognitive therapy to challenge thoughts, modify thinking moving forward, and re-approach understandings of traumatic events.

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