Evidence-Based PTSD Treatment
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD
CPT is a 12-session, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment that decreases PTSD symptoms by teaching you how to evaluate and change upsetting thoughts related to your trauma. Traumatic events can cause you to develop beliefs about yourself, others, and the world that keep you stuck in PTSD and lead to significant dysfunction in your life. In CPT, you learn skills to help you determine if there are more helpful ways to think about your trauma; these skills help you consider your trauma from a different perspective so that you can live your life again.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment designed to treat children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events. Based on over 25 years of research, TF-CBT has been shown to be effective in improving clients’ mood, behaviors, and cognitions related to traumatic events. Treatment is structured and short-term, lasting 8-25 sessions. Clients learn coping skills, explore their thoughts and feelings related to the events, and construct a trauma narrative. Additionally, the client’s caregiver learns skills to manage their distress related to the traumatic event and how to be a more effective caregiver for a traumatized child.
Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for PTSD
PE is an 8-15 session, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment that decreases PTSD symptoms by helping you to gradually approach memories, feelings, and situations that you have avoided since your trauma. Although avoiding things that remind you of your trauma may seem helpful, this avoidance often keeps you stuck in PTSD and takes away your freedom. You can regain your freedom by discussing the details of your trauma and exposing yourself to objectively safe situations that you have been avoiding.
Many clients with severe emotion dysregulation and/or borderline personality disorder (BPD) have experienced at least one traumatic event; most clients have experienced several. In DBT PE, we incorporate PE into standard DBT to “turboboost” your treatment and get you maximal outcomes. DBT PE is the preferred treatment for individuals with emotion dysregulation and PTSD. Click here to learn more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).