Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a therapeutic technique designed to help people deal with traumatic life events and the lasting impact these events may have on their lives.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

CPT is a specific type of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that is effective in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other forms of trauma.

CBT is a type of psychotherapy in which negative thought patterns are challenged in order to change unwanted behaviour or thinking. CPT then uses the tools of CBT to help patients evaluate and change upsetting thoughts they’ve had since their trauma.

CPT is also considered an evidence-based treatment meaning; its efficacy has been supported by research and is extremely effective for those with PTSD. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You? 

CPT is aimed at helping patients develop more helpful and balanced beliefs about the trauma.

This worksheet will also help patients learn new skills to evaluate their thinking of the trauma, oneself, and the world. 

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should also be used to;

  • Increase one’s understanding of PTSD.
  • Examine the impact of the trauma on one’s beliefs, thoughts, and feelings/emotions.
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety anger, guilt and shame caused by the trauma. 

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