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Progressive counting with therapy clients with PTSD: Three cases.

Citation: Jarecki, K., & Greenwald, R. (2015). Progressive counting with therapy clients with PTSD: Three cases. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1-8. DOI: 10.1002/capr.12055 (No journal number yet; only published online so far.)

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Background: Progressive counting (PC) is a recently developed trauma treatment that has shown promise in several studies with non-therapy-client samples.

Aim: The aim of this archival study was to determine whether PC’s effectiveness found in other research might carry over to PTSD cases in clinical practice.

Method: The present case series included three consecutive cases in the first author’s clinical practice, in which the client was diagnosed with PTSD, and in which PC was used.

Findings: Each participant showed remission of PTSD and substantial reduction or elimination of presenting problems, with results persisting at one-year follow-up. Three other cases, which were excluded because post-treatment or follow-up data were not available, showed a similar pattern of symptom reduction.

Implications: These findings suggest that PC can be beneficial with therapy clients with PTSD.