An Effective Approach for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted By: Jimmy R Leverette Clinical Practice,

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Treating clients who have experienced trauma and are having symptoms of PTSD is a highly specialized area of mental health.  For clinicians just beginning their practice or clinicians who have not had much experience working with clients with PTSD, it can be a very daunting experience. One evidenced-based approach to effectively address trauma and symptoms of PTSD is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).

Cognitive Processing Therapy is designed specifically to treat PTSD and comorbid symptoms. It focuses on changing painful negative emotions, thoughts, and beliefs due to the trauma. These kinds of experiences can cause the client to remain stuck in experiencing PTSD symptoms. CPT teaches clients a new way to handle these upsetting thoughts.

In CPT, they will learn skills that can help them decide whether there are more helpful ways to think about their trauma. Therapists help the client confront such distressing memories and emotions in a safe and therapeutic way. To learn more about Cognitive Processing Therapy checkout the webinar, Understanding and Implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in Individual Therapy.


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