Cognitive behavioral therapy for ptsd. Thoughts or opinions? Is it worthwhile?

Find Person U Like! Current compilations ("meta-analyses") of research comparing the effectiveness of various therapies psychologist don meichenbaum & others call "acronym therapies" -cbt, cpt, emdr, etc- show that one is no more effective than another. But they also show that the single, most powerful predictor of treatment outcome =strength of the relationship between patient & therapist ("therapeutic alliance").
CPT/PE vs DBT. For adults w/ptsd (w/o drug/alcohol use) for whom getting worse before getting better would be safe, cpt (cognitive processing therapy) & pe (prolonged exposure therapy) are effective evidence-based therapies that can reduce ptsd symptoms enough that ptsd may be cured w/3-4 months of weekly therapy sessions + daily homework. If not stable enough for cpt/pe, consider dbt for life/coping skills.
Yes, yeS, yES, YES ! Dear otter, I am so glad that you asked. That is a big thumbs up. If you can find a therapist trained in cognitive processing therapy, it is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy specific to the treatment of ptsd. It is being used a lot in the military setting for the treatment of complex ptsd. It is effective. Virtual reality exposure therapy is still somewhat cutting edge & effective as is.
PTSD. It is certainly worthwhile but i think it is usually necessary to combine other methods as well that allow a client to go a bit deeper into the experience accounting for everyone's unique history. Cbt is not historically oriented and most veteran clinical psychologist can use cbt along with knowing how to factor in each person's unique makeup. My best.
No one size fits all. Cognitive based approaches are based on the notion that faulty thoughts underlie and drive various symptoms. Prolonged exposure aims to decrease avoidance. EMDR assumes that bilateral stimulation and reprocessing is key to recovery. All of these approaches are evidence based. The best approach is the one that resonates with you personally and is delivered by a competent provider whom you trust.
What's right for you. There is no one correct, one size fits all therapeutic paradigm or approach that works with all patients. CBT is an option, psychodynamic is an option and there are others. The best answer I can give you, which is time-consuming to be sure, is try different therapists who have different approaches, and see which one suits you the best.

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