Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI) is a innovative therapeutic intervention that enables people to deal with and move forward from challenging, conflicting or traumatic life events or experiences.

Most psychological symptoms and problems are underpinned and maintained by people`s limiting beliefs and unhelpful thinking styles. For some people, these unhelpful beliefs and ways of thinking have mostly arisen in response to specific, conflicting or challenging events or experiences.

Much of the time people are able to recover from adverse life events naturally, as they interpret them in a way which is helpful allows them to feel powerful. indeed, often being exposed to difficult life events ultimately helps people to thrive because they build their skills and resources and learn how to effectively deal with challenges.

Most people have been exposed to some form of adversity or trauma within their lifetime, which had the potential to impact upon them negatively (e.g.... Joseph, Mynard & Mayall ,2000; Norris, 1992 ; Ozer, Best, Lipsey & Weiss, 2003; Resnick, Kilpatrick, Dansky, Saunders & Best, 1993), yet many of these individuals adapt successfully , highlighting that difficult circumstances do not automatically cause psychological problems.

Sometimes, though, we struggle to get over and move on from these difficult experiences, perhaps not being able to acknowledge they happened or blocking them out completely or just feeling powerless to face up to the experience. The experience remains unresolved and conflicting

Cognitive Processing and Integration allows us to revisit unresolved conflicting or traumatic experiences, in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere, allowing  us change our way of thinking about them. CPI is based upon psychological research evidence and established clinical practice. It brings together insights from the Thrive Programme and research into the Cognitive Interview, Critical Incident Debriefing and Cognitive behavioral approaches. This integrative approach helps people in an effective and rapid manner.

Now 'Cognitive Processing and Integration' does sound somewhat complicate , so what does it mean?
Cognitive - This refers to the fact CPI focuses upon a persons belief and ways of thinking in relation to the traumatic experience.

Processing and Integrating - This refers to the fact CPI allows people to gain clarity surrounding and understanding of an experience , helping them to make sense of it. CPI helps people to process and integrate experiences in a helpful and empowering way, such that the experience does not continue to negatively impact upon them.

CPI basically helps you to do the following:
1) Understand the beliefs and thoughts you have developed about yourself and the world around you in response to the conflicting experience(s)

2) Gain a different perspective on these thoughts and beliefs and put them into context.

3) Alter your thoughts and beliefs to helpful,empowering ones.

4) Build the skills and resources to move forward and thrive.

What does the Cognitive and Processing and Integration involve ?
CPI firstly involves you relaxing and taking your mind back to the traumatic experience. You will then be asked to engage in 'Free Association', which basically means you verbalise all the thoughts , beliefs, images and sensations that come to mind. Verbalising your thoughts and recollections helps you to process the experience  ,it enables you to make sense of it and to put it into context. Many people gradually and naturally restructure their experience(s) during the CPI session, as they are given a safe , non - judgmental space to work through the experience.

By undertaking CPI you will learn the skills and resources you need to process and integrate the traumatic/challenging events in a helpful manner.

CPI often only takes one or two sessions , particularly if you want to process one recent traumatic experience. Alternatively a longer therapy taking around four to six sessions can be very helpful in processing and integrating more extensive or childhood experiences. CPI can be combined with the Thrive Programme to enable you to developed further self understanding and the skills you need to live your life to the full.

When could CPI help me?

CPI can help people to process and get over a wide range of conflicting , distressing ,painful, and traumatic events and experiences. These events/experiences may have occured in childhood or they may be recent. Examples may be the death of a loved one, accidents,severe illnesses, experiences of war. bullying,mugging, sexual or physical abuse, childhod trauma or abuseand natural disaters.
A discussion will help us both to decide whether CPI would be the the most suitable way forward for you.

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