Trauma-Focused CBT

TF-CBT is a treatment model that integrates trauma interventions, cognitive-behavioral principles, attachment theory, developmental neurobiology, family therapy, and humanistic therapy. This model is most frequently used with children and adolescents who’ve experienced at least one traumatic incident in their life and as a result – have shown symptoms consistent with:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Parental stress and depression

TF-CBT is designed to directly address the multiple domains in a child’s life where trauma causes significant problems, such as thinking, relationships, mood, family relations, behavioral self-control and physical pain and dysfunction. This focused, family-oriented, value-driven approach utilizes a variety of components, including:

  • Psycho-education – teaching about trauma and its effects
  • Relaxation skills – to help the child to produce their own feeling of safety and empower the child to use other therapeutic components
  • Affective modulation – helping the child manage their own feelings.
  • Cognitive processing – Thinking more clearly and accurately about the traumatic event (s) in their life and coping with their implications
  • Trauma narratives – developing a story of the trauma that makes sense and leads the child to new solutions
  • In vivo desensitization – allowing the child to slowly practice their skills in situations that make the child uncomfortable or scared
  • Conjoint sessions– conducted with both the parent and the child.

In addition, our TF-CBT model is structured around several core values that are designed to positively affect the goals and outcomes of the therapy. These values include:

  • A respect for cultural values
  • An increased emphasis on adaptability and flexibility
  • A specific focus on the family unit
  • A recognition that the therapeutic relationship is central
  • Emphasizing the importance of a child’s own ability to solve problems
  • Giving the child the tools to employ a variety of components that can be used flexibly – regardless of situation.

For more information on our Trauma-Focused treatment, please call 978-744-7905.