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Understanding Trauma and PTSD

Wednesday, 27 June, 2018

by: Yehudah Alcabes LCSW, CSAT, CASAC-G, EMDR

There are several misconceptions about PTSD and trauma in general, with many associating it with combat or shell shock. People often imagine a stoic war veteran who appears frozen in time. While this is undoubtedly accurate, today, we have a deeper and more complex understanding of trauma, and it’s a long-term effect. Our understanding of trauma has extended too many other experiences that can have a direct impact on individuals functioning even decades later. Simply put, any experience that one feels extremely unsafe (physically or emotionally) becomes difficult for the brain to process correctly and can have long-term effects on daily functioning. (more…)

What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Thursday, 30 March, 2017

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Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that is evidence-based and has been proven to effectively treat individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Post-traumatic stress disorder is characterized by anxiety from previous traumatic events. The most common symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks of the event, depression and increased irritability. Cognitive processing therapy will typically take place over a period of 12 sessions with a therapist and aims to retrain the brain to think differently about the traumatic event.

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