CBT & CPT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Cognitive Processing Therapy – Evidence Based Therapy

CBT – Identify traumatic events in your lifetime

Thoughts, feelings, emotions, and physical reactions are all connected.
Change happens in small steps
1. Behavioural Coping – Grounding Techniques (See 5, Shape 4, Hear 3)
2. Exposure – avoidance – reduces life, so gentle exposure (talking, writing, sights, sounds, confronting situations that remind you of the event).
3. Stress inoculation – develop awareness of triggers, for anxiety and flashbacks – breathing and how you think about the trauma.  – Plan for an prevent overwhelming reactions.
4. Cognitive processing – write out trauma and read over and over again – address stuck points and change negative thoughts to a more healthier thought.

CPT – Cognitive Process Therapist for PTSD

I am in the process of becoming an approved Provider.

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..

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