Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

When I served as the Associate Director for Research and Education at the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD, I worked with some of the biggest-hearted and hardworking staff, researchers, and clinicians you would ever want to meet. This organization was developed by, and has trained, the most outstanding experts in the understanding and treatment of PTSD. Although part of the Department of Veterans Administration, the knowledge gained through the efforts of their dedicated staff, researchers, and clinicians that effective treatments have been developed that have improved the lives of survivors of every type of trauma, be it combat, sexual/physical assault, motor vehicle accidents, community violence, or natural disasters. I would like to thank the National Center for PTSD for all the hard work they do to provide a better life for survivors of trauma and the support they gave me during my time there, and the following video that was produced at the Nation Center for PTSD.

"A traumatic event can change the way you think about yourself and the world. You might think you are to blame for what happened or believe you don’t deserve to be happy. You may start to believe the world is unsafe. Doing things like going to a grocery store or restaurant may seem too dangerous. These kinds of thoughts are common in people with posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. They’re called stuck points. They keep you stuck in your PTSD and cause you to miss out on the people, places, or activities you used to enjoy. So how do you get unstuck? Cognitive Processing Therapy or CPT is a PTSD treatment that can help you break the negative thinking that’s holding you back. It’s based on the idea that our thoughts affect how we feel and how we act…:

www.ptsd.va.gov

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