Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term treatment for helping children and adolescents reduce the anxiety, depression, and nightmares they are having due to traumatic events. As the name implies, this type of therapy focuses on resolving the emotional and behavioral struggles a person may encounter after trauma, such as nightmares or flashbacks. This therapy teaches people how to process their thoughts and feelings in an active way that is effective in reducing their emotional and behavioral responses to trauma.

Key Things to Know About TF-CBT

  • TF-CBT was developed by the VA Boston Center for TBI and Stress Disorders in 1983 and has been extensively tested over the years.
  • TF-CBT is the gold standard for treating PTSD in children and adolescents and can be effectively used for ages 3 to 19.
  • TF-CBT is a structured short term therapy process typically completed in 8-25 sessions.
  • TF-CBT has three phases:
    1. Stabilization Phase
    2. Trauma Narrative Phase
    3. Integration/Consolidation Phase

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