DIAGNOSIS: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

TREATMENT: Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


  • Basic premise: Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy (CBGT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy within a group setting. CBT is based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other. CBGT for PTSD incorporates cognitive techniques, such as identifying and challenging negative or distorted thoughts related to the trauma. Participants learn to recognize and replace unhelpful or irrational thoughts with more accurate and adaptive ones. Behavioral techniques, such as gradual exposure and behavioral activation, may also be used. Gradual exposure helps individuals confront feared situations or memories in a safe and controlled manner to reduce avoidance and fear responses. Behavioral activation focuses on increasing engagement in positive and meaningful activities to counteract feelings of withdrawal and isolation often associated with PTSD.
  • Essence of therapy: In CBGT, a group of individuals with similar trauma experiences come together under the guidance of a trained therapist. The therapy typically follows a structured format and includes various cognitive and behavioral techniques. The main goals of CBGT for PTSD are to reduce symptoms of PTSD, improve coping skills, and enhance overall functioning and well-being. Although there is less literature on the efficacy and effectiveness of group treatment for people with PTSD compared with individual treatment, group psychotherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for people with PTSD.



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