Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

What is TF-CBT? 

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a proven family therapy for children, adolescents, parents, and caregivers affected by serious traumatic events. Extensive research demonstrates TF-CBT's effectiveness in addressing various emotional and behavioral challenges among youth ages 3-18 resulting from different types of trauma. It was initially designed for youth victims of sexual abuse and incest, but had been demonstrated to also support children who have experienced or been exposed to other forms of violence or traumatic events. 

While TF-CBT is designed to reduce symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this diagnosis is not required to receive TF-CBT through Cultivating Capacity. TF-CBT also helps children and teens with trauma-related depression, anxiety, and 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.

How does TF-CBT work? 

TF-CBT is a culturally-sensitive structured, brief treatment approach that takes place over 8-25 sessions and involves both the child/adolescent and their parent(s)/caregiver(s). TF-CBT uses psychoeducation and skill-building modules to help youth and supportive caregivers

If you would like to discuss whether TF-CBT is right for your child or teen, contact me today to schedule a consultation.