Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that’s evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CPT typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event. Historically, the demographics that benefit the most from CPT include military veterans, sexual assault victims, and first responders.

How We Use CPT

All too often with PTSD, the individual takes on the blame for the outcome of the traumatic occurrence. Through talk therapy, using CPT, the therapist helps the client determine if their thoughts are justified through reconceptualization. CPT is offered in both individual and group settings and sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes in length.
One of the primary goals of the therapist is to identify which emotions are obstructing their client’s recovery; also called “stuck points”. The therapist will then challenge these stuck points through open-ended questioning which will eventually deconstruct the traumatic event. Nearing the end of the final session, the client and therapist will often begin to devise a relapse prevention plan which will keep the client in recovery from their PTSD.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Consists of Four Steps

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