Treating PTSD With Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cast a long shadow on one’s mental well-being, making everyday life seem overwhelming and unmanageable. Those struggling with PTSD often require treatment from a qualified PTSD therapist to find relief. At the Coping Resource Center in Houston, Texas, we recognize the importance of addressing PTSD and its debilitating symptoms, which may include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Flashbacks and nightmares
  • Avoidance of triggers
  • Hypervigilance and heightened reactions
  • Emotional numbness and detachment

EMDR therapy is widely considered the popular choice for PTSD treatment. However, the underlying theory behind this method is unfalsifiable, making the results questionable. The Coping Resource Center utilizes a different approach. Our data showcases the superiority of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) in helping patients find relief from these symptoms.


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT): Restructuring Thoughts, Restoring Lives

CPT is an evidence-based psychotherapy method designed to address the impact of trauma by challenging distorted thoughts related to traumatic experiences. The main three elements of CPT include cognitive restructuring, understanding beliefs, and gradual exposure to trauma-related memories in a controlled environment. Often the thoughts that develop after a major trauma are conceptualized as someone’s “stuck points.” The goal of this treatment is help clients to get unstuck and move forward, being able to face life with a new perspective.


Prolonged Exposure (PE): Confronting Fears, Regaining Control

For those seeking an alternative to EMDR, Prolonged Exposure therapy is a game-changer. This method involves systematically confronting triggers in a safe environment, reducing anxiety over time, and allowing for lasting healing. Prolonged Exposure has been used in military and civilian populations alike with excellent results in reducing PTSD symptoms.


Why CPT & PE Instead of EMDR Therapy?

Extensive research supports the effectiveness of CPT and PE. CPT and PE together can be used to comprehensively tackle the root cause of PTSD, providing a more holistic approach. Compared to EMDR, CPT and PE allow for more personalized therapeutic journeys, ensuring a more nuanced and effective treatment.

Experience the transformative power of Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure at the Coping Resource Center, where we are dedicated to guiding individuals in Houston toward a brighter, trauma-free future. Get in touch with our compassionate team today to begin your healing journey.

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