Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
CPT begins with education about your specific PTSD symptoms and how the treatment can help. Next, you will learn how to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings about the trauma and how your trauma is affecting you now. This will help you think about your trauma in a different way than you did before. After you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, you will learn skills to help you question or challenge your thoughts. You will do this with the help of worksheets. You will be able to use these skills to decide the way YOU want to think and feel about your trauma. Your beliefs about safety, trust, control, self-esteem, other people, and relationships can change after trauma. In CPT you will get to talk about your beliefs in these different areas. You will learn to find a better balance between the beliefs you had before and after your trauma.
Summary adapted from the National Center for PTSD
The therapy in a nutshell:
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