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All About Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy: Everything you need to know about this Evidence-Based therapy for PTSD.

 

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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. It has been heavily researched and has been repeatedly shown effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that developed after experiencing traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape, and natural disasters.

Who developed Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Cognitive processing therapy was developed by Dr. Patricia Resick with the aid and assistance of other psychologists.

What are the goals of Cognitive Processing Therapy?

CPT aims to improve understanding of PTSD and PTSD symptoms, reduce distress about memories of the traumatic event(s), decrease emotional numbing (i.e., difficulty feeling feelings), decrease avoidance of trauma reminders, reduce anxiety and hypervigilance, decrease depression, guilt, and/or shame, and overall, improve daily life.

How many sessions is CPT?

CPT is usually administered over 12 individual therapy sessions, though this number may change based on patient needs.

How does Cognitive Processing Therapy Work?

CPT helps patients learn how to question and change maladaptive thoughts associated with the trauma. By doing so, the individual often develops a new perspective and understanding of the traumatic incident, thus reducing what are often daily negative impacts on day-to-day life, while simultaneously raising the quality of life. This treatment is strongly recommended for the treatment of PTSD.

What happens during a CPT session?

Each session has a set of topics or exercises to be discussed, which are typically followed in order. Broadly speaking, a single session of CPT will generally provide information on common reactions to trauma and assist in building an understanding of cognitive theory, identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts with structured therapy sessions, as well as assign and review regular out-of-session practice assignments designed to apply what has been discussed in each session.

What topics are covered in CPT?

Cognitive Processing Therapy covers a lot of ground and will look at the meaning of the traumatic event(s), what thoughts and feelings are associated with the traumatic event, as well as looking at specific topics which often result due to trauma, including trust issues, safety issues, issues related to power and control, as well as intimacy.

Does Cognitive Processing Therapy Work?

Yes. CPT is an Evidence-Based therapy, which has been repeatedly shown responsible for clinically meaningful results across a variety of different populations and trauma types. For more information, you may be interested in these meta-analyses which review dozes of scientific experiments examining CPT outcomes.

Asmundson, G. J., Thorisdottir, A. S., Roden-Foreman, J. W., Baird, S. O., Witcraft, S. M., Stein, A. T., … & Powers, M. B. (2019). A meta-analytic review of cognitive processing therapy for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy48(1), 1-14.

Tran, K., Moulton, K., Santesso, N., & Rabb, D. (2016). Cognitive processing therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Holliday, R., Holder, N., & Surís, A. (2018). A single-arm meta-analysis of cognitive processing therapy in addressing trauma-related negative cognitions. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma27(10), 1145-1153.

Do you provider CPT at Neurocove Behavioral Health, LLC?

Yes. Dr. Munyan provides Cognitive Processing Therapy in Orlando, FL via telehealth! If you are interested in discussing whether or not CPT is right for you, please contact us.

What other resources are there for CPT?

https://cptforptsd.com/

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

About the Author:

Dr. Benson Munyan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both Florida and Arizona. He is the Director of Neurocove Behavioral Health and specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Munyan earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He currently holds clinical privileges at both Neurocove Behavioral Health and the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System. He has also previously published clinical research and articles in peer-reviewed journals including PLoS One and Clinical Case Studies.

Dr. Benson Munyan is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both Florida and Arizona. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine and the Director of Neurocove Behavioral Health, LLC. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Munyan earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He currently holds clinical privileges at both Neurocove Behavioral Health and the Orlando Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System. He has also previously published clinical research and articles in peer-reviewed journals including PLoS One and Clinical Case Studies.
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ABOUT ME

My name is Nicholas James, Ph.D. I have experience working with individuals facing anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, insomnia, and caregiver strain. I focus on matching evidence-based therapies to the needs of my clients to meet their personal goals of recovery and growth.

OUR FIRST SESSION

I believe that change occurs through personal reflection, cultivating strengths and resources, and incorporating growth into everyday life. It is my goal that each session is collaborative and integrates needs, beliefs, and your background into a person-centered treatment plan.

MY APPROACH

I try to bring a genuine, humanistic atmosphere to every session. My therapeutic approach is centered in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporates additional evidence-based practices to address unique needs that arise during therapy.

INTERVENTIONS

Trauma Focused

Exposure Response Prevention

Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)

Behavior Modification 

Humanistic

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Benson Munyan Psychologist Orlando Florida

Benson Munyan, Ph.D.

LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

ABOUT ME

My name is Dr. Benson Munyan. I specialize in working with those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you’re looking for something. Whatever the origin of your story, you are here. There is no time like the present to change our tomorrow.

OUR FIRST SESSION

From our very first session, skills are introduced, demonstrated, and assigned as practice assignments between meetings. I collaboratively set each session agenda with my clients, ensuring we have time for following up since the last session, troubleshooting any problems with skills or homework, and working on new problems or material.

MY APPROACH

Let’s be honest. Sometimes, life is hard. And sometimes, it downright sucks. There, I said it. I believe we should be able to use everyday language in therapy, and that participating in therapy as our most genuine selves empowers us to better understand the challenges we’re facing as well as potential solutions.

INTERVENTIONS

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Trauma-Focused Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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