Cognitive Processing Therapy
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in treating rape victims suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental disorder that affects individuals emotionally, behaviorally, and psychologically. PTSD estimated to affect about 7% of Americans in a lifetime. The content of this paper is to analyze the history of CPT and how when used appropriately, it decreases PTSD symptoms. Additionally, this paper will include evidence in research using CPT amongst individuals with PTSD. In conclusion, this paper provides a mock initial …show more content…
In sessions seven through twelve clients use more advanced worksheets to practice challenging thoughts and understanding the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In session 11, the client is asked to again write a description of the event, however, this time the client must reflect on new beliefs, and the new version is read and discussed during the final session.
According to the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs, the four main parts of CPT; learning about PTSD symptoms, becoming aware of thoughts and feelings, learning skills, and understanding change in beliefs (2013). CPT sessions require the client and therapist to work closely together in reaching individual goals. As mentioned prior, the clients meet their therapist on a regular basis for 12 sessions.
Furthermore, CPT encourages victims to be present with their emotions. Through the use of CPT, therapists assist their clients to relive their traumatic moment to face the painful event and slowly move past it. CPT in a sense is a complete package that includes exposure of the traumatic memory and homework assignments for the clients.
Empirical Data: Effectiveness of CPT to treat PTSD According to the National Center for PTSD, CPT is supported as one of the best treatments of PTSD (2013). Compared to other therapies, this model of therapy is not only efficient, but successful. Along with being flexible in regards to accommodating clients