Cognitive Processing Therapy

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Why CPT? Because CPT works!
There is strong scientific evidence that CPT helps patients overcome PTSD and depression that are associated with trauma exposure.

CPT is appropriate for patients who have experienced a traumatic event and are suffering from PTSD and/or depression. CPT is probably not appropriate for patients who are currently a danger to themselves or others, or who are in imminent danger due to their involvement in an abusive relationship (or due to being stalked). Also, if a patient is so dissociative or has such severe panic attacks that they cannot discuss the trauma at all, then other therapy may need to precede the onset of CPT. CPT has als o been used with patients who have co-morbid substance abuse problems, but only after they have stabilized following detoxification, though not all patients with substance abuse problems may be able to tolerate CPT; these decisions should probably be made on a case-by-case basis.

Although CPT has a manual and is designed to be delivered in a structured sequence, it is not a "cookbook" of regimented procedures delivered in an impersonal manner. As this site makes clear, CPT is best delivered by creative, resourceful therapists w ho have developed close therapeutic alliances with their clients.

CPT can be used by psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, psychiatrists, clinical counselors, or other trained professionals. This training program presumes that you have had basic training in clinical techniques and a sound theoretica l understanding of cognitive behavioral principles.

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