The Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CBCT for PTSD) is a time-limited, evidence-based intervention consisting of 15 treatment sessions scheduled for 75 minutes each. This manualized therapy is problem-focused and has the simultaneous goals of improving individual PTSD and enhancing intimate relationship functioning.

There are several individually delivered treatments for PTSD that are effective and evidence-based, but they can be difficult to tolerate and there isn’t evidence to suggest that individual therapy will improve one’s relationship. Couple therapy may be required afterward.

In contrast, CBCT for PTSD provides a way for people to make use of their social support to get through treatment which has two benefits:  1) it capitalizes on the relationship to make the individual better, and 2) it helps improve relationship issues we know so often go along with PTSD.

Therapists attend a workshop led by Dr. Candice Monson’s training team to learn to use this protocol, and then have members-only access to the private area of this website, which includes refresher training, Dr. Monson’s blog, a user forum, and more.



CBCT for PTSD Certified Trainers and Providers