Treating PTSD with Cognitive Processing Therapy

Many individuals are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a daily basis. The experience of a trauma can be difficult to process and can lead to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, fear, and panic, an inability to focus and concentrate, loss of self-control, avoidance behaviour and social withdrawal, flashbacks to the traumatic event, and in severe cases thoughts of suicide. Treatment to reduce symptoms can help individuals return to normal functioning and prevent symptoms from worsening over time.

At the Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Centre we offer Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) to treat PTSD. CPT is an evidence-based treatment that is effective in treating individuals diagnosed with PTSD or struggling with stress symptoms associated with traumatic events. This includes, but is not limited to, work-related trauma as may be experienced by first responders, child abuse, rape, and major life-threatening accidents. This type of cognitive-behavioural therapy focuses on client goals as well as their thoughts, emotions, behaviour, and physiological responses to reduce trauma symptoms and improve psychological well-being. CPT uses a combination of assessments, psychoeducation, worksheets, and homework to help clients challenge and alter unhelpful beliefs and thoughts related to their traumatic event and modify their behaviour, while promoting a new and healthier understanding of their lived experience.

It is highly recommended that clients commit to 12 weekly therapy sessions to get the most benefit out of the therapeutic process. Reach out to our office to find out more or book your first session with one of our therapists.

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