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What Is Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a structured psychotherapy designed to cure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CPT cures PTSD at a rate of about 70%, which means at the end of treatment, 70% of patients report their

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Dissociative Symptoms in PTSD

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Have you ever been driving down the highway and suddenly thought, “I don’t remember the last few miles! How did I stay on the road!?” More than likely, you were thinking something like, “what am I

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder vs. Complex PTSD

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  is a well-established psychological condition, recognized since 1980 by most mental health and medical organizations. Complex PTSD is a relatively new condition, recognized by some organizations (e.g., World Health Organization), but not

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PTSD and Intimacy

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD The word intimacy has several meanings. For this article, intimacy means ‘closeness,’ or the act of being close with oneself, or close with others, in meaningful ways. Traumatic events can leave us feeling unable to comfort

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PTSD and Other-Esteem

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We usually associate “esteem” with self-esteem, but esteem also refers to our attitude toward others. It’s how much we value and respect others. Esteem for others can be high, low, or even negative. To function well,

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PTSD and Trust

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Have you ever heard of someone losing their self-confidence following a traumatic event? Or finding it harder to trust others? This is fairly common, and can be a symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder. This disruption in

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Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD What is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy or EMDR? EMDR is a cognitive behavioral therapy mainly used to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR is unique because of bilateral stimulation. Bilateral stimulation means doing something that activates

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October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am excited as I think about World Mental Health Day (Oct 11.), because this is a great time for mental healthcare. Attitudes toward mental health and mental healthcare continue changing in a positive direction, people are more savvy about

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Post-Traumatic Stress – Treatment

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD This is the third article in a series on posttraumatic stress, or PTS. In this article, we explore how psychotherapists treat PTS. Providers begin treating PTS with a psychological evaluation or interview. Your provider needs to know

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