Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy that has been found to help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


You may be concerned about your ability to safeguard yourself and others.


You may have doubts about your own judgment or the judgments and motives of others. You feel powerless to control your own destiny or to influence the lives of those you care about.


You may have a distorted view of yourself and/or others. Perhaps seeing oneself as damaged or others as horrible is how you see yourself and/or others.


You may feel as though you’re unable to connect with or be accepted by others.

These ideas, in turn, produce unpleasant feelings such as worry, anxiety, guilt, and anger that can stifle your healing. CPT focuses on teaching you a set of behaviours to help you combat these negative ideas and gain control over their influence on your life.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) FAQ

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. That means it helps people change the way they think and behave. CPT has been proven to be an effective treatment for PTSD. CPT is a treatment that helps people who have been through a traumatic event. It can help them understand their thoughts and feelings about the event, and how it is affecting their life now.

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is primarily used to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can arise from experiences such as physical or sexual assault, combat, or accidents. CPT helps individuals challenge and modify negative beliefs related to their trauma, enabling them to reduce the emotional impact and symptoms of PTSD. The therapy typically consists of 12 sessions and can be conducted individually or in groups. It focuses on understanding the trauma, identifying unhelpful thoughts or “stuck points,” and learning skills to challenge these thoughts. CPT may also be helpful for depression or anxiety connected to traumatic experiences.

During Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) sessions, you will learn skills to help you manage your thoughts and emotions. You will also practice using these skills to cope with symptoms of PTSD. CPT can help you to understand your thoughts and feelings about the trauma, challenge and change negative thinking patterns, and help you to manage difficult emotions such as anger, sadness, and fear.

CPT works by helping people to change the way they think about their trauma. It also helps them to understand and manage their emotions, and to cope with symptoms of PTSD.

When looking for a therapist who provides Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), it is important to find someone who is qualified and experienced in treating PTSD. You should also feel comfortable with the therapist, and feel that they can help you address your thoughts and feelings about the trauma.

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