CPT is based on the belief that PTSD is not about what happened to you, but rather how you made sense of it. In CPT you will learn skills to help you think differently about the trauma(s). Together we will work to identify “stuck points” – beliefs that are keeping you stuck in the trauma(s).
You will also learn strategies to challenge the accuracy of these beliefs so that you can decide whether the belief is accurate and you should hold on to it, or if it is flawed and there might be a more accurate belief you rather subscribe to.
During the first half of therapy the focus is on why the trauma(s) occurred and the second half focuses on how the trauma impacted your life; particularly in the area of trust, safety, power and control, esteem, and intimacy.