Talk therapy helps Congolese victims of sexual violence recover

Group sessions work better than individual counseling

By Nathan Seppa, 11:23 AM June 6, 2013

African women living in a war zone who have post-traumatic stress disorder from enduring or witnessing sexual violence are more apt to overcome it with group therapy than with private counseling, researchers report in the June 6 New England Journal of Medicine.

The approach, called cognitive processing therapy, encourages people with PTSD to reassess how they think about an event. Victims of sexual violence often place blame on themselves. “They might think, ‘It was my fault,’ or ‘I should ...

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