Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based 12-session therapy that is appropriate for adults or older adolescents who have experienced a trauma and are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress.


Common symptoms of post-traumatic stress include:

  • Not being able to stop thinking about what happened
  • Avoiding things that remind a person of what happened
  • Feeling worried, nervous, or angry a lot of the time
  • Upsetting or scary dreams
  • Behavior changes
  • Physical symptoms such as stomach aches or headaches
  • Difficulty talking about what happened
  • Flashbacks or feeling as if the trauma is happening again

CPT seeks to understand the meaning that a person is attaching to the trauma that may be keeping him/her “stuck.” CPT then focuses on the individual’s “stuck points” which must be resolved in order to recover. CPT involves individual therapy sessions and brief daily practice at home between sessions.

If you are interested in learning more about our CPT services, please contact our Intake Worker at 314.534.9350.