Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is characterized by exposure to an event that threatens death, injury, or sexual violence, resulting in intrusive symptoms and changes in behavior. Symptoms include distressing memories or nightmares, flashbacks, or even physiological and emotional reactions to cues similar to the original event. Other symptoms may include avoidance of experiences similar to the trauma, change in thoughts, negative mood, and heightened arousal. 

How CBT Can Help

CBT therapists educate clients about their diagnosis and about CBT, help them set goals, and teach essential thinking and behavioral skills. CBT for PTSD includes the development of coping mechanisms to help clients handle thoughts and emotions related to the traumatic event. Therapists also help clients with PTSD reconnect with others and get involved in meaningful activities they have given up.

Finding a Therapist

Our clinician directory can help you find a competent and compassionate certified CBT therapist near you. 

If you are in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, please make use of the below resources or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. 

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988

Crisis Text Line: 741741