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Cognitive Processing Therapy {CPT} Is A TOP Performing Technique In The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy {CBT} Category

Cognitive Processing Therapy {CPT} in essence is a way of ‘witnessing’ your own thought process and a top performing technique in the array of such in Cognitive Behavioral Coaching and Therapy.

It’s based in the belief that thinking patterns impact your emotions and behavior. So, if you learn to catch negative thoughts early you can interrupt the pattern and end that emotional trigger.

Cognitive Processing Therapy {CPT} is currently one the most widely used and trending technique in Cognitive and Behavioral Coaching and Therapy.

One reason for this is the dramatic increase in the diagnoses of PTSD and CPTSD.

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with PTSD or CPTSD?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA) PTSD is aided by CBT because it goes after the problem from three angles; thoughts, emotions and behaviors and how they affect each other.

Cognitive Processing Therapy can be very effective for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Nowadays, you’ve almost certainly encountered someone suffering from this type of trauma and didn’t realize it.

There are many reasons for the development of psychological trauma.

Not the least of which has to do with the societal, global and technological circumstances we find ourselves in.

The hard truth is, it’s not only war veterans with this condition anymore.

If you have or suspect you have a form of PTSD or CPTSD, this top performing technique (CPT) is much more effective when the patient is willing to work at it.

You’re still the one in charge. You just need some outside help for now.

 

Let’s take a look at the Top Performing Technique CPT….

The category of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) encompasses various types of treatment which includes Cognitive Processing Therapy. Some of these techniques are;

  • Journaling – Keeping a diary or journal of your thoughts and moods
  • Unravelling Cognitive Distortions – This is where you identify what distortions you have in your thinking patterns. Then you challenge those thought when they come up. Eg. Thinking you’re fat when by observation and medical weight charts you are actually underweight for your height and age.
  • Cognitive Restructuring – Once you’ve identified your cognitive distortions, you can learn how those distortions originated. Understanding often breeds compassion.
  • Exposure & Response Prevention – This where you put yourself in a situation that triggers the negative thought and behavioral patterns. You then witness your thoughts and then put into practice the positive behavioral techniques you’ve learned to diffuse and eventually eliminate the desire to perform the negative habits. *This is especially good for those suffering from OCD.*
  • Interoceptive Exposure – This technique has a lot to do with a fear and anxiety response. It’s the understanding that there is no real danger and you can allow the fear to subside as a result.
  • Nightmare Exposure & Re-scripting – This technique involves exploring nightmares the client has had, examining the emotion attached to it and reframing or “rescripting” the reasons why the nightmare is terrible. Eg. Perhaps the nightmare is indicating an end to something unwanted or is perhaps cautionary instead of spelling doom.
  • Play the Script until End – This is a technique whereby you imagine the outcome of the fear or negativity to its worst-case scenario. Then appreciate the logic which is either highly unlikely or manageable.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation – This technique teaches you to relax a group of body muscles at a time thereby restoring peace of mind
  • Relaxed Breathing – This is a conscious way of breathing and allowing your body to relax and take in oxygen and release stress. Simple and very effective.

**There are actually many more CBT and CPT top performing techniques that are not mentioned here.**

 

 

The Process A Client Goes Through When They Begin Using The Top Performing Technique CPT

CPT is usually performed over 12 sessions with the therapist. This is based on a one hour once a week session. It’s this length of time that, on average, takes for a client to see improvement in breaking their negative thought and behavioral patterns.

  • First the patient begins to identify their “automatic thoughts” or those thoughts that swoop into the mind when we’re not fully present. These are the thoughts that maintain the PTSD symptoms.
  • Next, the patient writes an impact statement which details their current understanding of why the traumatic event happened. This includes the impact they’ve seen and felt in their belief system about themselves, other people and the world at large. It also includes any physical symptoms they may have experienced since the trauma.
  • After that, the patient writes down a detailed account of their worst traumatic experience. Then the patient reads it out loud to the therapist. This helps to interrupt the pattern of avoiding thoughts and feelings associated with the trauma.

The therapist uses Socratic questioning among other strategies, to help the patient question his or her unhelpful thoughts about the trauma (e.g., self-blaming thoughts) in order to modify any maladaptive thinking.

  • Finally, once the patient has developed the skills to identify and address unhelpful thinking, she or he puts those skills in to practice. They will continue to evaluate and modify their beliefs related to the traumatic events.

 

At this point, usually around the 12 week mark, the therapist has helped the patient develop a sense of safety in their lives, an ability to trust their own instincts, a sense of their own power, a sense of self-control and self-esteem and the ability to invite intimacy into their relationships.

These are all areas of our psychology that are most often affected by traumatic experiences that CBT and CPT help to alleviate.


Thank you for reading. I wish you much imagination.

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The 4 Horsemen of The Writers Apocalypse – The 4 Perspectives Every Writer Must Master

 

I like intensity in writing.

I’m no religious scholar, but I’d say the Bible is intense.

With that said, I’m likening what I feel are the 4 perspectives a writer MUST develop, with the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

 

So let’s dive into this two thousand year old text and establish what the 4 horses of the apocalypse are about…

 

The 4 Horseman are found in The Book of Revelation.

There’s good reason for that.

The Book of Revelation is essentially a letter of tremendous encouragement.

A man named John (not identified as the apostle) had a vision from heaven.

The Book of Revelation is John’s record of that vision (Revelation 1:9-11).

 

Briefly, Revelation was written as a letter to be circulated among the Christian churches in seven important cities.

These cities were located in Asia Minor which was part of the Roman Empire; known now as Turkey.

At the time, Romans were killing and persecuting Christians.

John’s vision offered encouragement and assurance that God was still in control.

John’s letter stated that the forces of evil, (the Roman Empire) would eventually be destroyed by God.

This indeed happened.

 

To sum up, The Book of Revelation offers comfort and encouragement to those of faith saying that God is in charge and promises to end evil forces.

Now on to the Four Horsemen…  

 

THE FIRST HORSEMAN…

“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

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THE PERSPECTIVE

This first rider on the White Horse can be interpreted as embodying conquest, false prophets and false teachings

As part of my Writers Apocalypse, the White Horse is YOU the writer.

All writing is storytelling to some extent to another.

Most of that storytelling will have a mix of imagination and exaggeration.

Even if the storytelling is a news article, it still has to rely on the telling by an individual. And we know, that a human can not be 100% accurate 100% of the time.

The storyteller, in some degree, is the false prophet looking to conquer his reader with his falehoods.

 

THE SECOND HORSEMAN…

When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!”

And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

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THE PERSPECTIVE

The 2nd horseman rides a Red Horse. This horseman represents the violence of warfare.

The Red Horse represents The Protagonist.  

Why? Because there is an aspect of battle that goes on between the protagonist and his environment.

You as the writer, must be able to get in the protagonist’s head. See the story from his/her POV.

You want to write a character the reader roots for and who they want to see meet the battle head on… and then win.

So for the 2nd horsemen on the Red Horse, the protagonist must be like the warrior going into battle; an enigmatic character fighting for his life and a cause he believes in.

 

 

THE THIRD HORSEMAN…

When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a black horse! Its rider had a pair of scales in his hand.

And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

THE PERSPECTIVE

The third horseman rides a Black Horse. The scales he carries indicate balance and scarcity.

The 3rd horseman on the Black Horse, are the Supporting Characters.

The key elements of scarcity and balance add drama.

Understand the supporting characters point if view will either create the scarcity or put the protagonist out of balance or conversely, help him/her come back into balance aplenty.

The Black Horse and his rider see the protagonist from the supporting characters view points.

 

THE FOURTH HORSEMAN…

When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!”

And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him.

And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.” ~ Revelation 6:1-8

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THE PERSPECTIVE

The 4th Horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Pale Horse. This horseman’s name is DEATH.

This 4th horseman represents The Reader.

Ultimately, it’s the reader who decides if your writing is worth reading or not.

It may be a great story.

However, if your reader doesn’t think so…. you’re dead.

Think of your reader and how they have prepared and even sacrificed for this encounter.

After years of learning to read and write the reader has decided to take their hard earned training and spend it on your writing.

They are a worthy opponent.

Do not underestimate them.

For if you do they will surely come back with a death blow.

The death sentence for any writer. Closing the book. Exiting the pdf.

Walking away from the device.

You’re dead to them.

 

Well, that was certainly apocalyptic, wouldn’t you say?

 

So let’s take a quick recap:

The 1st horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a White Horse.

This horseman is YOU. (Your PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE)

The 2nd horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Red Horse.

This horseman is your MAIN CHARACTER (PROTAGONIST)

(The HERO’S PERSPECTIVE)

The 3rd horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Black Horse.

This horseman is your SUPPORTING CAST (AND ENVIRONMENT)

The 4th horseman of the Writers Apocalypse rides a Pale Horse.

This is your READER. Please your reader. Make your story CLEAR & Interesting or they will put down the book, close the pdf and walk away.

 

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High School English Lessons Still Apply – Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion

High School English Lessons Still Apply 

Structure = Introduction, Body & Conclusion


We were all taught in English class of the importance of having an introduction, a body and a conclusion in our essays.

This is still the most basic of principles when writing a story… whether that story is fiction or nonfiction.

This is also known as the 3 Act Story structure.

Here is a very simple chart used in film story structure…

introduction body and conclusion

 

The above image is for a basic screenplay, but this principle can be used for many types of writings.

Even with a blog post or article you can use the same introduction, a body and a conclusion principle.

You could also use the introduction, body and conclusion approach for essays, assignments, cover letters, resumes and pretty much any other type of writing.

Even technical writing. Perhaps even more so with technical writing like medical or financial reports because the information needs to be set out as clearly as possible. The reader will be looking and scanning for particular pieces of information and how they fit together. So, it needs to be presented efficiently. 

Here’s an example of how the introduction, a body and a conclusion principle can be used outside of a story line:

  1. For the introduction discuss the topic and set up the points you want to tell people about.  
  2. Then expand on the points you made in the introduction… perhaps with bullet points included
  3. Lastly, you sum it up by telling the reader what you just told them in a concise manner.  

 

Having an introduction, body and conclusion, is also a writing principle for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd act in a novel, play or screenplay.

 

In the introduction section, make sure you’ve made your points early so your reader can begin the step by step psychological process of taking in information.

This ‘intake’ process is universal.

The steps are almost identical for all human beings. It’s been this way from the beginning of time.

 

Next, in the body of the writing, fill in the details of the points/information you gave them in the introduction.

Continue to flesh out that information until your points/story are made. For a post/article you could even add a call to action here.

For storytelling, the ‘body’ is the part where you want to include the “climax” of the story. There always needs to be a ‘do or die’ moment on the body of the story. Sometimes there is another high point near the end, but there really should be a climax in the body of the story.

So when tackling any type of writing you can always start with the basic principle of introduction, body and conclusion.


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Wishing you much imagination…

Contact Renee at: thewritersnexus@gmail.com