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CBT vs CPT: What’s the Difference?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a commonly used typed of psychological intervention that has shown success in treating a wide variety of conditions. CBT is a well-known treatment that many people have heard of. But it seems that CPT, or Cognitive Processing Therapy, is CBT’s much lesser-known cousin. This is unfortunate because CPT is also a highly beneficial form of mental health intervention, though it differs slightly from its more popular cousin. Today at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park, we are going to briefly discuss CBT, CPT, and how they differ.

If you are interested in learning more about if either treatment method is the right option for you, reach out to us at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park to talk to one of our friendly professionals.


Let’s start with cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is known as a form of talk therapy. However, when many people think talk therapy, they picture laying down on a couch and discussing their parents and childhood. While this certainly can happen in talk therapy, you certainly aren’t required to lie on a couch and talk about parents and childhoods. CBT is more focused on working with a CBT therapist to identify harmful negative thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Your therapist will help you identify and correct these problematic aspects and help you more clearly see yourself, your situation, and the world in a healthier more conducive manner. People struggling with mental health disorders often have a way of thinking and reasoning that is not always in line with objective reality. Your CBR therapist helps you catch automatic thoughts and provides you with a filter in which you can filter them through to determine their truth value and change them if need be.

CBT is often used to treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • OCD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Disorders
  • And Much More


CPT on the other hand is similar to CBT in a number of ways, but with one major difference: Focus. In CPT, you still work with a trained therapist that will help you with untrue negative thoughts and behavior. But, CPT has a strong and narrow focus that exclusively deals with trauma and PTSD. CPT helps you better identify triggers and change the thoughts around them causing distress. This helps you see previously triggering situations more clearly and provides you with the tools to properly handle any situation. CPT is commonly used to treat combat veterans with trauma/PTSD from serving. However, trauma is not exclusive to combat veterans. People with difficult or dysfunctional childhoods, people involved in car accidents, people who have experienced sexual assault, or people who have undergone trauma in any form can benefit greatly from the specialized focus of CPT.

CPT and CBT at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park

Thank you for checking out today’s blog post at Revibe Therapy in Winter Park. We hope that you’ve learned a little more about CBT, CPT, and how they differ. If you or a loved one are interested in trying either method of treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime. Our friendly team is happy to answer any questions and help however we can.