CBCT is a time-limited, evidence-based intervention focused on improving individual PTSD symptoms and enhancing relationship functioning. CBCT was originally designed for intimate relationships but can be successfully used for any kind of relationship in which one or more people have symptoms of PTSD. Although there are several evidence-based interventions for PTSD that are delivered in an individual format (e.g., Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy), some people find that these individual treatments do not improve their relationship functioning to a large degree, so opt for this conjoint approach given its targeted focus on the relationship and involvement of both people in the relationship .
Since CBCT is delivered in a dyadic format, you can capitalize on the social support of your loved one to help you get through a PTSD treatment that might feel difficult to tolerate on your own and directly address relationship issues that so often accompany PTSD.
Treatment involves learning about PTSD and its impact on relationship functioning, increasing safety, enhancing communication skills, learning skills to overcome avoidance, and enhancing strategies to change problematic appraisals and beliefs in the areas of trust, power/control, and emotional and physical closeness, all of which contribute to the maintenance of PTSD and exacerbation of relationship problems. CBCT is typically comprised of 15 weekly 75-minute sessions that involve both parties.
While CBCT is extremely effective for trauma-related symptoms, especially if you have noticed the impact of your symptoms on an important relationship, it is not a good fit for everyone. Fortunately, there are a number of other treatments that are effective for trauma-related issues, depending on your preferences and stage of recovery – Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
If you aren’t sure which of these treatments might be the best fit for you, please feel free to contact us to talk more. We’re happy to help and want to ensure you’re getting the treatment that most suits your needs.