Cognitive Processing Therapy Essay

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Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Capella University

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
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This exercise elicits the feared memories of sexual assault survivors and encourages processing of emotions. Cognitive therapy addresses rape survivors’ intense feelings of anger, betrayal, shame, etc. by identifying and modifying schema conflicts. CPT suggests that many of the problems of rape survivors result from schema conflicts; however, at times therapy reveals previously existing distorted or dysfunctional thinking patterns and ways of coping with emotions which are activated by the assault.
Consequently, CPT for rape victims consists of 12 weekly group sessions of 1.5 hours in duration each. During the first session clients are provided with education about PTSD, an overview of treatment, rational for treatment, and an assignment to write a description of the meaning of the traumatic event (also known as the impact statement). During the second session clients are to read and discuss their impact statement and learn about the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. The third session consists of clients writing a detailed description of the traumatic event. Clients are encouraged not to avoid emotional responses and to read the description to themselves daily. In the fourth session the client reads the statement to the therapist and therapist uses cognitive therapy approaches to question
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