Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can effectively be treated with 5-session psychotherapy, a briefer treatment than first-line cognitive processing therapy (CPT), according to a noninferiority trial published in JAMA Psychiatry.
The 126 men and women with PTSD were randomly assigned to 5 sessions of written exposure therapy (WET) or to 12 sessions of CPT. The written exposure group wrote about their traumas in 30-minute sessions and had less interaction with therapists than the CPT group. Cognitive processing therapy focuses on changing dysfunctional thinking and includes written narratives done as homework.
Slomski A. Brief Psychotherapy for PTSD. JAMA. 2018;319(12):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2791
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