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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Tara is a Rostered Cognitive Processing Therapy (often referred to as CPT) Provider. CPT is used for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It has been proven to be effective across differing populations such military veterans, sexual assault survivors, emergency service workers, survivors of child abuse, and others who suffer from PTSD or PTSD symptoms. It is know as a first-line therapy for PTSD and PTSD symptoms.

CPT is typically a twelve-session therapy intervention that focuses on repairing the negative experiences and thoughts stemming from the trauma the client experienced. CPT challenges stuck points regarding trauma. In the first phase of cognitive processing therapy, the therapist provides education on PTSD and explores with the client their thoughts and emotions that stem from their trauma. The second phase focuses on the formal processing of the trauma. During this phase, the therapist helps the client to think differently about their trauma based upon their own conclusions and perspectives. Through this, the client can often change their self-blame beliefs. The final phase focuses on fortifying the new thoughts from the previous phase and focuses on building upon safety, trust, power and control, esteem, and intimacy.