COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is practiced in Kitchener-Waterloo, Milton, Oakville, London and the surrounding areas. Anchoridge Counselling takes pride in the therapy practice offered to help clients with individual needs.
Many individuals are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a daily basis. The experience of trauma can be difficult to process and can lead to feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, fear, an inability to focus, loss of sense of control, avoidance, flashbacks, and in severe cases, thoughts of suicide.
Experiencing a traumatic event or prolonged exposure to trauma can dramatically change and distort the way you think about yourself and the world. The impact of trauma can, in fact, lead to actual changes in the chemistry and structure of the brain. Typically thought processes of trauma and PTSD include believing you are to blame for the traumatic event(s) or that the world is a dangerous place. These kinds of thoughts keep individuals stuck in maladaptive behaviours, isolation, and avoidance leading to poor functioning, low quality of life and co-occurring depression and anxiety.
CPT is an evidence-based treatment that is effective in treating individuals diagnosed with PTSD or struggling with symptoms associated with trauma. This includes, but not limited to, work-related trauma as may be experienced by first responders, veterans, correctional officers or other “helping” professions, any sort of physical or sexual abuse, and major life-threatening accidents.
Cognitive Processing Therapy teaches clients how to evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts they have had since experiencing the traumatic event. Similar to cognitive behavioural therapy, the premise is that by changing your thoughts, you can change how you feel and behave. It helps teach individuals new ways of coping and managing upsetting
thoughts, images, and triggers. It also helps individuals challenge and alter unhelpful beliefs and thoughts related to themselves or the traumatic event and modify their behaviour, while promoting a new and healthier understanding of their lived experience.
The clinicians at Anchoridge Counselling are here to help you work through your trauma and improve your quality of life. We believe that every individual has the power to discover new ways of interacting with the world. Our role is to offer a safe, inviting, confidential space where clients can work on approaching rather than avoiding their traumatic memories,
feeling and beliefs in the safety of the session so that the client can break their patterns of avoidance in their daily lives. Our goal is for you to understand and accept reality rather than seeing the world through the lens of fear and avoidance or shame.