Center for Traumatic Stress Research
Cognitive Processing Therapy for Sexual Abuse

The Center for Traumatic Stress Research at UK is a multi-service trauma center dedicated to providing specialized counseling services to trauma survivors.

Currently, the Center is providing individual therapy for women and men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The therapy model was designed to treat those who are experiencing reactions related to childhood sexual abuse such as symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, problems with intimacy, and low self-esteem.

What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is a potentially disabling condition that can develop following exposure to traumatic life events such as childhood sexual abuse, rape, violent crimes, natural disasters, etc. Symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three clusters:

What is CPT-SA? Cognitive Processing Therapy for Sexual Abuse is a new treatment that offers a dramatic departure from other childhood sexual abuse treatments and is conducted within a 17-week time frame. CPT-SA focuses on helping individuals recognize and challenge problematic thoughts that directly influence their feelings. Some topics this treatment focuses on include thoughts and feelings about safety, trust, power/control, esteem, and intimacy.

Who is eligible? Any person age 18 or older that has one memory of an incident of sexual abuse can participate in this treatment.

What do I do to refer someone to the Center? If you know someone who might be interested in CPT-SA, please encourage him or her to call and speak directly with one of our staff members at 859-257-9338.

The Center for Traumatic Stress Research is located on the UK campus in the College of Education, 251 Dickey Hall, on the corner of South Limestone and Scott Street. Please call for directions.

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Updated 02/20/2000 11:14 by Dr. William Stilwell)