PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Mobile App: CPT Coach
Mobile App: CPT Coach
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD that helps you decrease distress about your trauma. CPT has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. CPT Coach is a mobile application (mobile app) for patients to use with their therapists during face-to-face CPT for PTSD.
CPT Coach is a treatment companion that helps you and your therapist work through the CPT treatment manual.
- Education about CPT therapy.
- Ability to track your PTSD symptoms over time.
- Homework assignments and worksheets to work on between sessions.
- Tools to keep track of tasks you did between sessions.
- Reminders for therapy appointments.
NOTE: PTSD is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional evaluation and treatment. CPT Coach is designed to be used during professional care. CPT Coach does not provide self-help and is not intended to provide treatment.
Download the mobile app
Free CPT Coach download from:
iTunes (iOS). CPT Coach will be available for Android devices in summer 2014.
How to use CPT Coach
You should only use CPT Coach if you are in treatment with a therapist trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy. This form of therapy is available at many VA/DoD and other mental health clinics. When you begin treatment, talk with your therapist about using this mobile app. It is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad tablet mobile devices (Android coming soon).
There is more information for providers and clinicians about the app on the Professional section of this website. CPT Coach may make it easier for you and your provider to follow the published CPT treatment manual. The features CPT Coach includes may also increase the likelihood that you complete homework, and as a result, improve your treatment outcomes.
Privacy and security
Any data created by the user of this app are only as secure as the phone/device itself. Use the security features on your device if you are concerned about the privacy of your information. Users are free to share data, but as the self-monitoring data belong to each user, HIPAA concerns do not apply while the data is stored or shared. If the user were to transmit or share data with a health care provider, the provider must then comply with HIPAA rules.
Who created CPT Coach
CPT Coach was a collaborative effort between the VA's National Center for PTSD, the VA's Sierra Pacific (VISN 21) MIRECC, and the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Additional thanks go to the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.