One of the most prevalent therapies for healing trauma, CBT is based on the premise that changing the way we think changes the way we behave. It’s all about thought monitoring; learning to hear your own internal dialogue, recognize when it’s skewed, and becoming adept at implementing tools that intercept the bad thoughts and replace them with good.
Since CBT teaches us to consciously engage in the moment of our own thoughts it can be a useful tool in our coping & healing bag of tricks. Most importantly, it engages us in the moment, which we tend not to do on our own. Dissociation is often a huge issue for someone experiencing PTSD; CBT helps a person find a way to stay present, and to positively manage that present, too.
For further explanation of how CBT helps with trauma, how many sessions it requires, other benefits, plus links for further reference, visit our blog post: PTSD Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Professional Perspective: An Overview of CBT. Or read this account of a survivor effectively using CBT in a moment of stress. Or check out the National CBT Organization for several clinical resources.
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