Cognitive-Behavioral Cojoint Therapy for PTSD: Harnessing by Candice M. Monson, Steffany J. Fredman

By Candice M. Monson, Steffany J. Fredman

Proposing an evidence-based remedy for during which one or either companions be afflicted by posttraumatic tension disease (PTSD), this step by step guide is filled with useful scientific assistance and instruments. The remedy is thoroughly established to handle either PTSD signs and linked courting problems in a time-limited framework. it really is grounded in state-of-the-art wisdom approximately interpersonal points of trauma and its remedy. unique consultation outlines and therapist scripts facilitate the total technique of evaluation, case conceptualization, and intervention. In a large-size structure for simple photocopying, the e-book contains 50 reproducible handouts and types.

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Emotional Mechanisms Although PTSD has been defined as an anxiety disorder within the current DSM classification system, research has shown that the emotional disturbances associated with traumatization extend beyond anxiety. , Kubany & Watson, 2002; Novaco & Chemtob, 2002). Moreover, avoidance can generalize to the experience and expression of emotions more generally in PTSD (Boeschen, Koss, Figueredo, & Coan, 2001; Morina, Stangier, & Risch, 2008). Emotional process 16 B AC KGR OU N D A N D OV E RV I E W disturbances such as alexithymia and difficulty identifying and expressing emotions have also been associated with PTSD (Price, Monson, Callahan, & Rodriguez, 2006).

Whether the emotion is positive or negative). Alexithymia and other difficulties labeling emotions interfere with traumatized individuals’ ability to name and share their emotions with others and can be especially deleterious to relationship satisfaction. , 1998) and are not as responsive to existing individual evidence-based therapies for PTSD (Asmundson, Stapleton, & Taylor, 2004). Specific Mechanisms of PTSD and Relationship Problems Targeted in CBCT for PTSD To address the interacting behavioral, cognitive, and emotional processes postulated to underlie PTSD and associated relationship problems, CBCT for PTSD consists of 15 sessions organized into three phases that build upon one another.

It is also important to keep in mind that sometimes a partner’s imagination about what happened or not knowing what happened is more problematic for the other partner than the knowledge of what actually happened. , 1995). The CAPS provides ratings for the frequency and severity of each of the DSM symptoms of PTSD, which can then be used to make a diagnosis of PTSD, and provides a quantitative measure of overall severity. In clinical practice, it may not be possible to conduct the CAPS to establish the severity of PTSD symptoms, in which case the PTSD Checklist (PCL; Weathers, Litz, Herman, Huska, & Keane, 1993) might be used as a substitute.

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