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Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD...

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It aims to help individuals process and make sense of traumatic experiences by addressing maladaptive cognitive patterns and beliefs. CPT focuses on identifying and challenging problematic thoughts and beliefs related to the trauma by close examination of the trauma narrative to promote cognitive restructuring and emotional processing. Through structured sessions and homework assignments, clients learn coping skills to reduce distress and improve functioning. CPT is typically conducted over a set number of sessions and has been found to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms and improving quality of life.

Watch this brief video to learn a little more about CPT as posted by the Veteran Affairs Medical Center:

CPT includes exploration of the trauma narrative, which should only be done with the assistance of a licensed clinician and will not be discussed here. We have described several of the therapy's component skills and have defined stuck points, ABC worksheets, and CPT themes below:

**Please always remember to consult your provider prior to trialing any new therapy, intervention, skill or treatment. Some techniques on this site may not be appropriate for all persons. 

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