Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is similar to cognitive-behavioral therapy . CPT is found to be effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is the recommended treatment of choice to treat humanitarian and combat related traumas – or as an emergency worker, such as a firefighter, police officer & NHS.

A course of treatment will normally last typically between 12 sessions. Additional sessions may be advised, depending on the severity of the condition.

Find out more about how we can help you with CPT.

What is cognitive processing therapy?

CPT is found to be effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

With PTSD and trauma, you may find yourself thinking very differently about yourself and your environment, particularly in the following five areas; Safety, Trust, Control, Esteem & Intimacy. If untreated, these thoughts lead to negative emotions, such as fear, anxiety, guilt, and anger. Eventually, these can have a significant impact on your life.

How does CPT work?

CPT focuses on teaching a set of life strategies that will help you challenge these negative intrusive thoughts and re-gain control over the impact they have on your life.

CPT, based on the social cognitive theory of PTSD, which helps individuals repair the damage caused by a traumatic event. In CPT, you will work collaborative with your therapist to identify how the trauma has had an impacted on your thought, beliefs of yourself, others and the world around you. If these are left untreated, then your negative cognitions, can eventually affect both the way you feel and how you act.

Together with your therapist, you will pick out thoughts that keep you focused in the trauma and create barriers to recovery. You will develop many tools to challenge and modify your thoughts that are unhelpful in your daily life. CPT sessions will consist of out of session material, such as worksheets and exercises that you would be required to work through between sessions.

By offering specific cognitive restructuring strategies, CPT enhances you to confront these negative thoughts and interpretations (stuck points), gain a healthier perspective about the trauma

Is online CPT for me?

It can be a daunting prospect to admit that you have a problem that requires treatment in therapy. However, we at Click Therapies provide friendly and professional therapists. Our experienced therapists are ready to connect with you online using face to face video therapy from the comfort of your own home, office or overseas in a safe and supportive way.

Sometimes people can get stuck in a pattern of behaviour that is quite self-defeating and stops them being the version of themselves they want to be.

What you can expect in your online CPT sessions

Your personal therapist will provide you with online structured sessions in which your main problem will be discussed and how this affects you in your daily life. Each session will usually last around 60 minutes and we recommend that these take place ideally on a weekly basis or at least once every 2 weeks.

In your sessions, your therapist will work with you, to help you understand your problems and separate them into manageable parts, such as your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

You and your therapist will explore these areas together and determine if these are unrealistic or unhelpful, and to understand how they interfere with your daily life.

Your therapist will then be able to help you to explore how to challenge unhelpful thoughts and change unhelpful behaviours. The overall goal of online CPT is to help you to use the skills you have learnt during online sessions in your daily life.

Our CPT therapists are approved providers in the UK and overseas. Our Click therapists use the comprehensive evidence-based treatment approach to deliver this specialist treatment.