Cognitive Processing Therapy
Cognitive processing therapy is a subset of cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to alter the way individuals interpret trauma. This therapy gives the client skills to challenge negative thoughts, gain a healthier perspective about the trauma the individual underwent in the past, cope with trauma in the future, and move forward with their life. Since cognitive processing therapy focuses on dealing with trauma, individuals with post-traumatic stress find this form of treatment to be particularly useful in treating their disorder. People employed in fields prone to trauma (e.g., police officers, first responders, EMTs) may find cognitive processing therapy beneficial. People who have not received a diagnosis of PTSD or have literacy issues should not undergo cognitive processing therapy. Cognitive processing therapy typically requires twelve weekly sessions and can occur in an individual setting or a group.