CPT – Cognitive Process Therapist for PTSD
I am a Certified CPT therapist with individuals, Groups and Conjoined (Couples).
Cognitive Processing Therapy helps clients examine their own thinking. Worksheets are employed to build the skills necessary to identify thoughts and feelings related to the trauma and to learn to question thoughts by examining the evidence and the context and by looking for patterns of problematic thinking (such as jumping to conclusions and mindreading).
In CPT, the initial focus of treatment is on examining Stuck Points related to how the client views the trauma itself in light of prior beliefs (assimilated Stuck Points). Later, the focus shifts to examining beliefs about oneself, others, or the world that may have undergone a dramatic change as a result of the traumatic experience (over-accommodated Stuck Points). In the second half of CPT, modules are introduced based on themes that relate to areas of thinking that are often disrupted by experiences of trauma: safety, trust, power/control, esteem, and intimacy. At the end of CPT, the client is asked to reflect on how he/she currently thinks about the trauma by writing a final impact statement, which serves as a means of helping the client see how his/her thinking has changed during the course of CPT..