Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based, weekly treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that helps people recognize how trauma has changed their view about themselves, others, and the world. Most people who complete CPT show a noticeable improvement in PTSD symptoms.

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CPT has Four Main Parts:

Education about PTSD and CPT

Processing the impact of the trauma

Learning to challenge thoughts about the trauma

Addressing trauma-related themes

Does CPT work with multiple traumas?

Yes. CPT is very effective for individuals who have experienced multiple traumas. In the beginning of treatment you will focus on the traumatic experience that troubles you the most. Then, the focus can shift to other traumas as needed.

Examples of traumatic events include:

  • Sexual assault

  • Domestic violence

  • Traumatic grief

  • Trauma that occurred in childhood

  • Vicarious trauma