Category: PTSD

PTSD measures

Choosing a good outcome measure

Do you ever remember being a child and being taken to an ice-cream shop with 66 flavours? Inevitably with so much choice you just walk out with the one you know, vanilla or chocolate. Monitoring your clients progress during trauma therapy is a great way to ensure good overall outcomes.

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Adolescents Versus Adults Receiving Cognitive Processing Therapy

Can I treat adolescents using CPT? This question has previously been approached with a specific form of CPT developed for adolescents D-CPT. In 2021 Stefanie LoSavio, and colleagues examined treatment of adolescents versus adults receiving cognitive processing therapy. Who – Sample Demographics LoSavio’s team examined adolescents aged 14–17 years. The

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CPT vs PE for PTSD


Therapists are always looking for the best treatment for their clients. The question of how do Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy compare for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined by a large team lead by Paula Schnurr from the National Center for PTSD (2022). The trial

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Eye Gaze and PTSD

Avoidance and Eye Gaze in PTSD

Avoidance describes any action designed to prevent an uncomfortable situation or emotion from occurring. Avoidance is a primary symptom of PTSD. In many psychological models of PTSD it is believed to be a primary driver of the development and maintenance of PTSD. Avoidance can be complicated to identify. Many clients

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CBT for PTSD on repeat

My client has returned, and their PTSD is worse, will repeating therapy help? Jeremiah Schumm and colleagues (2017) examined this question in their comparison of veterans who repeated a course of manualized, cognitive-behavioural therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder compared with veterans who do not repeat. They examined three types of

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Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, therapist's chair

Becoming a better CPT therapist

According to Woody Allen, 80 percent of success is showing up. This might also be the case for therapists wanting to improve the outcomes for clients with PTSD.  Kera Swanson and colleagues (2021) investigated the influence of specific activities performed during Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) consultation or supervision meetings. CPT

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CPT for PTSD in a Week

My guess would be that most clinicians would think that trauma therapy would take a long time. This case study shows otherwise. More on that below.   Why CPT in a week Previous research has shown that there are often practical barriers to attending therapy for PTSD. Browne et al.

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