Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) looks at the impact a traumatic event has had on one’s life and helps examine and change unhelpful thoughts and feelings related to the event, one’s self, others, and the world. An important part of treatment is addressing ways of thinking that might keep an individual "stuck" and get in the way of recovery from symptoms of PTSD and other problems. CPT is effective in treating PTSD across a variety of populations and types of trauma. CPT has worked well for individuals who have experienced combat, sexual, or childhood trauma, as well as other types of traumatic events. Goals of CPT; 


  • Improve your understanding about PTSD
  • Examine the impact of the trauma on thoughts and feelings
  • Decrease avoidance and emotional numbing


  • Learn skills to evaluate thinking
  • Consider alternative viewpoints of the trauma, oneself and the world.


  • Reduce your level of distress related to your memories of the trauma
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety, anger, guilt and shame
  • Improve day-to-day living