When Patricia Resick, PhD, became involved with the first-ever crisis center for sexual assault victims in 1974, she found that the psychology field was severely lacking valid answers for how these women responded to the trauma they faced.
After years of research and development towards a process that would help survivors of sexual abuse, survivors of domestic violence and veterans, she solidified a therapy that changed the course of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment for good: cognitive processing therapy (CPT).
This episode of Menninger’s Mind Dive podcast features Dr. Resick, accomplished psychologist, author and developer of CPT joining for a conversation on how CPT became a first-line therapy for PTSD, the fundamentals of treatment and how to approach it within comorbidities.
Dr. Resick is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an adjunct professor at Medical University of South Carolina. She is the co-author of the newly published self-help book, “Getting Unstuck from PTSD: Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to Guide Your Recovery.”
“The vast majority of people will recover from a trauma, but for some, something was interfering with their natural recovery,” said Dr. Resick. “They haven’t let themselves feel the feelings and think about the trauma differently and they feel they’re just running in a circle. CPT addresses the ‘getting stuck’ feeling.”
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