Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
ABOUT COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY (CPT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral (CBT) psychotherapy that helps individuals recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions/events such as child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT teaches you to become aware of your thoughts and feelings in regard to your trauma, and offer helpful ways to evaluate and alter the upsetting thoughts that you have had since the trauma, with a goal to improve the way you feel on a day to day basis.
While the title of cognitive processing therapy may seem scientific and impersonal, the sessions will involve interactive and helpful ways to discuss negative or unhelpful thoughts that you may be having about your trauma. Over the several sessions that you will have with us, we will work together to consider other ways of thinking about the situation, and beliefs about yourself that have surfaced due to your experience. The sessions encompass a number of different techniques, both in session and at home in your own time. These include using worksheets that facilitate your ability to implement the strategies learnt in session in the comfort of your own home. Cognitive processing therapy can also include writing about the details of your trauma, if we decide this is right for you.
Our therapists understand that each case is different, and extremely personal, and as a result, each session is targeted for the patient’s needs. The sessions are conducted to help patients learn skills to be able to improve functioning and quality of life, while learning to trust, raise self-esteem and increase ability to be intimate, as these are some areas that commonly affected by traumatic events. Cognitive Processing Therapy is focused on challenging your negative and unhelpful thoughts, attain a healthier perspective, and allow you to move on with your life, as we know this is something important to those burdened by debilitating thoughts and beliefs. It’s time to take control of our mind, making you the healthiest version of yourself.