Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters.

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we begin by understanding how traumatic events have shaped your beliefs and perceptions about yourself, others, and the world. Through structured exercises and discussions, we identify and challenge unhelpful or distorted thoughts related to the trauma. This process helps to reframe negative beliefs and promote healthier cognitive patterns.

— Cassandra Enriquez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in New York, NY

we begin by understanding how traumatic events have shaped your beliefs and perceptions about yourself, others, and the world. Through structured exercises and discussions, we identify and challenge unhelpful or distorted thoughts related to the trauma. This process helps to reframe negative beliefs and promote healthier cognitive patterns.

— Cassandra Enriquez, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in New York, NY
 

I've been practicing CPT since 2022. I pursued training beyond the requirements for practicing, and obtained Provider Status. I've seen people make incredible progress in healing from trauma with CPT!

— Maya Rufino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is generally delivered over 12 sessions and helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. In so doing, the patient creates a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event.

— Ezmir Zepeda, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , TX
 

Our thoughts - or cognitions - play a tremendous role in how we feel and subsequently behave. When we become more aware of our thoughts, and when we can analyze them without judgement, we can challenge the negative distortions and the shoulds/woulds that stymie us. Often from a very young age, many people are told harmful things about themselves that might not be true but which they accept as gospel anyway. The tools that I share help my clients free themselves.

— Yvonne Venger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in La Jolla, CA

This therapy model explores the meaning behind your thoughts and their purpose. Change will come about from this therapy as you learn to understand your thoughts and then practice new thought patterns that are more beneficial to you

— Kaitlyn Kotelko, Clinical Social Worker
 

CPT is a well-researched, manualized therapy proven to significantly reduce symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is generally delivered over 12 sessions and helps clients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma. Other than the first session, 7 sheets of homework are assigned between each session.

— Clayton Stephens, Addictions Counselor in Tucson, AZ

Attended 2 day intensive training by CPT co-developer Dr. Kathleen Chard. Completed 19 hours of CPT group consultation with Dr. Alexandra Macdonald Pending CPT provider status

— Shawna Williams, Psychotherapist in Austin, TX
 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is specifically designed to help individuals recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. Developed initially for survivors of sexual assault, it has since been adapted and widely used for various types of trauma.

— MonaĆ© Weathington, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Aurora, IL

Amanda has advanced training in CPT and has successfully helped many struggling with PTSD

— Amanda Ahearn, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Delray Beach, FL
 

Our thoughts - or cognitions - play a tremendous role in how we feel and subsequently behave. When we become more aware of our thoughts, and when we can analyze them without judgement, we can challenge the negative distortions and the shoulds/woulds that stymie us. Often from a very young age, many people are told harmful things about themselves that might not be true but which they accept as gospel anyway. The tools that I share help my clients free themselves.

— Yvonne Venger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in La Jolla, CA

Identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs regarding trauma can provide a path to more freedom in our lives, and I like that CPT does not require us to relive the traumatic experiences in a drawn-out narrative.

— Holly Love, Licensed Professional Counselor in Aurora, CO
 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a gold standard treatment for PTSD. I have years of experience applying CPT in my work with hundreds of trauma survivors. Cognitive Processing Therapy involves exploration and processing of thoughts and emotions related to traumatic experience and the various ways in which past traumatic experience comes up in the present. Through this process, clients come to better understand their experiences and the context in which they occurred.

— Jarrett Langfitt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL