What Is Cognitive Processing Therapy?
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy found to be effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With PTSD, you may find yourself thinking very differently about yourself and your environment, particularly in the following five areas: Safety: You may doubt your ability to protect yourself and others. Trust. You may question your judgment and, or, the judgment and intentions of others. Control: You feel unable to control your own life and, or, to influence the lives of those you care about. Esteem: You view yourself and, or, others differently, perhaps seeing yourself as broken or others as evil. Intimacy: You may feel incapable of connecting with or being understood and accepted by others. These thoughts lead to negative emotions, such as fear, anxiety, guilt, and anger, and can halt your recovery. CPT focuses on teaching a set of skills that will help you challenge these negative thoughts and gain control over the impact they have on your life.