Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based, conjoint child and parent/caregiver psychotherapy and psycho-education model for children and adolescents who are experiencing clinically significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events they have experienced.
TF-CBT is a relatively brief (typically 12-20 sessions), components-based treatment model that incorporates interventions and techniques based on cognitive, behavioral, family therapy, and humanistic principles. Additionally, our program offers in-home psycho-education sessions for youth and families to learn more about trauma and how it impacts the brain and behavior, explore and practice coping skills, practice relaxation, introduce alternative parenting skills for difficult behavior, and work on identifying and regulating emotions.
The goals of TF-CBT are to enable children and youth who have experienced serious traumatic events, and their supportive caregivers, to:
Learn effective skills to cope with trauma-related emotional and behavioral problems
Face and resolve those problems in a safe and therapeutic way
Effectively integrate their trauma experiences and help them move on with their lives in a safe and positive manner
Specifically, TF-CBT is designed to reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma-related depression, anxiety, behavior problems, and common trauma-related cognitive and emotional problems such as fear, shame, embarrassment, guilt, and self-blame. TF-CBT also improves caregiver support of the child, parenting skills, and parent-child communication.