Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychedelic Medicine For The Treatment Of Complex PTSD

Treating Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C PTSD) is an intricate process and there are promising therapies available. Two of these approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychedelic Medicine.


Zina Ortiz

10/29/20232 min read

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EMDR for Trauma Anxiety PTSD Depression Denver Colorado

Understanding the role of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an evidenced based therapy, a highly recognized and effective form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and modifying unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, and when it comes to C PTSD, CBT can play a role in addressing trauma related symptoms.

In the context of individuals with C PTSD, CBT can be particularly helpful in recognizing and challenging cognitive distortions that often arise from complex trauma. These distortions may involve beliefs about oneself, others and/or the environment.

Individuals with C PTSD struggle with intense emotions that can become overwhelming. Through CBT practical cognitive strategies, reducing unhealthy behavioral patterns and promoting acceptance ultimately decreasing emotional dysregulation.

Emphasis, on Daily Life; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) not only addresses thought distortions but it also assists individuals in managing everyday obstacles. This focus on functioning is crucial for individuals with Complex Post Stress Disorder (C PTSD) who often struggle with relationships, work and self care. CBT can be integrated into a treatment plan for C PTSD effectively addressing difficulties in interpersonal relationships.

Innovative therapeutic methods such as Psychedelic assisted therapy is an emerging field that explores the potential of substances like psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine when used alongside psychotherapy. Psychedelics have the ability to potentially facilitate cognitive processing. Guided sessions can lead individuals to experience heightened introspection and a greater capacity to confront memories and emotions.

Psychedelic experiences can result in insights and shifts in perception. This can be particularly advantageous for individuals with C PTSD as it may aid them in gaining acceptance of their trauma as events as opposed to internal experiences.

During integration, psychedelic therapy places an emphasis, on helping individuals make sense of their experiences and applying the gained insights to their lives.

The combination of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and psychedelic medicine has been gaining interest. Some therapists are exploring the use of CBT techniques to aid individuals in processing and finding meaning in their experiences. This integration could offer an approach to healing by addressing both the cognitive and emotional aspects of C PTSD.

However it is valuable to recognize that the use of psychedelics in therapy is still an evolving field. It is generally advised against approved trials or without guidance from trained professionals due to potential risks.

At Elephant In The Room LLC our team of trained clinicians prepare individuals for treatment of symptoms using Psychedelic Assisted Therapies.

In conclusion C PTSD is a condition that often requires effective treatment approaches. While CBT remains an effective and evidenced based therapy, for addressing behavioral aspects of trauma the emerging field of psychedelic medicine shows significant promise in facilitating profound emotional processing. When utilized in combination these methods hold promise in assisting individuals, with C PTSD as they navigate their journey, towards healing and recovery.