Project Title

Life after the trauma: CBT for Female Rape Survivors

Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Social Work and Human Services

Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Narviar Barker Browne

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven effectiveness in treating a range of psychological disorders. Imaginal Reality Exposure (IRE), an essential component of evidence-based CBT, is often used in treating panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorders. Deep breathing exercises can normalize cortisol levels and help reduce PTSD symptoms. Rape survivors, especially, experience extreme anxiety, fear, and the potential of dissociative personality disorder. To evaluate the efficacy of Imaginal Reality Exposure (IRE) and Deep Breathing Exercises in the treatment of rape survivors, the researcher used a case study to perform a single-subject design as a therapeutic intervention with a fictional female rape survivor.

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Life after the trauma: CBT for Female Rape Survivors

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven effectiveness in treating a range of psychological disorders. Imaginal Reality Exposure (IRE), an essential component of evidence-based CBT, is often used in treating panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorders. Deep breathing exercises can normalize cortisol levels and help reduce PTSD symptoms. Rape survivors, especially, experience extreme anxiety, fear, and the potential of dissociative personality disorder. To evaluate the efficacy of Imaginal Reality Exposure (IRE) and Deep Breathing Exercises in the treatment of rape survivors, the researcher used a case study to perform a single-subject design as a therapeutic intervention with a fictional female rape survivor.