Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related problems. The overall goals of CPT are to improve your PTSD symptoms, and any associated symptoms you may have such as depression, anxiety, guilt, or shame. On average, CPT consists of 12-16 individual hour-long therapy sessions.
In these sessions, you will learn about the symptoms of PTSD and the reasons why some people develop it. You and your therapist will also identify and explore how your trauma or traumas have changed your thoughts and beliefs, and how some of these ways of thinking may keep you “stuck” in your symptoms. CPT does not involve repeatedly reviewing the details of your trauma(s). However, you will be asked to examine your experiences in order to understand how they have affected your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We currently have two therapists trained in CPT. Emily Larzabal and Kimberly Presley can begin to help you unpack the impact your experiences have on your daily functioning in order to improve your daily living.