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CPT for veterans living with PTSD

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) can help with problems such as:

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorder

What is CPT?

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one specific type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is usually a 12-session psychotherapy for PTSD. CPT teaches you how to evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts you have had since your trauma. By changing your thoughts, you can change how you feel.

What is the theory behind CPT?

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This means that it has been studied by researchers and found to be effective in treating PTSD. 

What are CPT sessions like?

In CPT your therapist will help you to recognise how trauma has changed your view about yourself, others, and the world. CPT teaches people to recognise the negative thoughts that are created by the trauma. These thoughts are called “stuck points” in CPT because they keep people stuck and get in the way of recovery from PTSD. By definition, stuck points are less than 100% accurate. Your therapist will work with you to think through your stuck points and consider new, more balanced perspectives.

How will CPT help my symptoms?

Most people who complete CPT show a noticeable improvement in PTSD symptoms.

How long will CPT therapy last?

CPT typically takes 8 – 14 sessions, each 60 minutes in length, but this can vary from person to person. You will usually meet with your therapist weekly or fortnightly.

What will you do outside of CPT sessions?

CPT will involve activities for you to do outside your sessions. This might include filling in worksheets, keeping a diary or practicing techniques and skills learnt in session. You will need to commit your own time to complete the work over the course of treatment.

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