About the book
Psychological trauma appears to have become an integral part of people’s lives perhaps because of increasing economic globalization, access to instant communication and internet services, and the seemingly constant media bombardment upon the human psyche of news of war, terrorism, and pandemic.
This book addresses both the nature of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it is used to treat a variety of trauma. CBT is considered to be the “gold standard” treatment of trauma. It has amassed a substantial empirical basis for its efficacy and is clearly considered to be the “go to” form of treatment for both trauma and the psychological disorders associated with trauma including elevations of anxiety, depression, reductions in overall wellbeing, and PTSD. CBT is considered to be a cost-effective form of intervention in that it does not typically dwell on early environmental and childhood experiences as its modus operandi focuses on one’s current problems and how to go about ameliorating these. In doing so, it closely examines where one’s cognitions may not be logical and/or realistic and attempts to right these dysfunctional thoughts through a variety of exercises and approaches. CBT also places an emphasis on problem behaviors. These behaviors can either be deficient and in need of being made more frequent or they may be maladaptive and self-defeating and in need of correcting and redirection. Trauma and PTSD present particular problems for most forms of traditional therapy including CBT given the extreme tendencies toward avoidance behaviors that are displayed by many traumatized individuals and for this reason alternative forms of intervention are often paired with standard CBT.