Types of Trauma Treatment: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
What is CPT?
This approach to treating the effects of trauma identifies “stuck points,” or thoughts and beliefs that keep a person from putting a traumatic event in the past.
In CPT, patients learn to take a critical look at distressing thoughts and work with their therapist to change thoughts that are unrealistic and unhelpful. For example, it is common for those who have lived through trauma to believe they are to blame or that no one can be trusted.
CPT teaches skills to examine thoughts while helping a person work through stuck points and identify life themes of safety, trust, power and control, intimacy, and esteem that are keeping them from moving forward.