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  • Writer's pictureEmmily Weldon

Supporting a Loved One Through CPT: A Guide for Friends and Family

Watching a loved one struggle with the aftermath of trauma can be challenging, but your support can make a significant difference in their healing journey. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based approach that can help individuals recover from trauma. If someone you care about is undergoing CPT, this blog post offers tips and guidance on how you can support them effectively.

1. Educate Yourself About CPT and Trauma

Take the time to learn about Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and the nature of trauma. Understanding the therapy process and the challenges your loved one may face can help you provide more informed and empathetic support.

2. Be a Non-Judgmental Listener

One of the most valuable forms of support you can offer is being a non-judgmental listener. Let your loved one talk about their experiences, thoughts, and feelings without interruption or judgment. Simply being there to listen can be immensely comforting.

3. Respect Their Privacy

Respect your loved one's boundaries and privacy. They may choose not to share every detail of their therapy or trauma, and that's okay. Ensure they know that you are available to listen when they are ready.

4. Encourage Consistency

CPT often involves regular sessions over a structured period. Encourage your loved one to attend their sessions consistently. Offer to help with scheduling or transportation if needed.

5. Offer Practical Support

Practical support can be invaluable during a challenging time. Offer to assist with daily tasks, such as grocery shopping, cooking, or childcare, to reduce stress and allow your loved one to focus on their therapy.

6. Avoid Pressure or Judgment

Avoid pressuring your loved one to discuss their therapy or share details they are not comfortable sharing. Also, refrain from making judgmental comments about their experiences or progress. Your support should feel unconditional and non-critical.

7. Be Patient

Recovery from trauma and the cognitive processing involved in CPT can take time. Be patient and understanding of their progress, setbacks, and fluctuations in their emotional well-being.

8. Encourage Self-Care

Gently encourage your loved one to prioritize self-care. This may include activities they find relaxing or enjoyable, exercise, mindfulness, or hobbies that provide a sense of relief and distraction.

9. Seek Your Own Support

Supporting a loved one through trauma therapy can be emotionally demanding. Make sure you have your own support system in place, whether it's friends, family, or a therapist, to help you cope with your own feelings and concerns.

10. Celebrate Progress

Celebrate your loved one's progress, no matter how small it may seem. Acknowledge their efforts and achievements in therapy, and remind them of the positive changes you've observed.

Supporting a loved one through Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) requires patience, empathy, and understanding. Your presence and support can play a vital role in their healing journey. Remember that everyone's healing process is unique, and your unwavering support can make a meaningful difference in their recovery from trauma.

If you are searching for a therapist or counselor you can use a directory service where you can narrow your search based on types of therapy, insurance, location, etc.. Counselor directories to get started can include or mental health match. Here at Mindful Solutions, CPT is an area of specialty. If you are interested in connecting directly with Mindful Solutions you can reach out via email (, phone (619-353-5139), or book your free 30 minute consultation on our website!

Remember, healing is possible, and you don't have to walk this path alone.

*Although I am a therapist by profession, I am not YOUR therapist. This article is for informational and educational purposes only, does not replace therapy and does not establish any kind of therapist-client relationship with me. I am not liable or responsible for any damages resulting from or related to your use of this information. To see more information about our disclamer(s):

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