What is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is for children and adolescents that experienced trauma like sexual abuse, physical abuse, maltreatment, or neglect. Counselors use it in an individual or a group setting.

TF-CBT is highly structured with specific goals for each session, lasting anywhere from eight to 25 sessions. It also includes non-offending parents and caregivers to help the child continue the work they learn during and increase positive behaviors at home, at school, and in the rest of their lives.

TF-CBT helps children and adolescents understand the connection between thoughts and feelings. Additionally, TF-CBT uses the trauma narrative process, where children or adolescents retell the therapist their trauma experience. Then, the child and counselor process the trauma. These phases are crucial to TF-CBT’s goal, which is to allow the child to live a healthier life post-trauma ultimately.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Lisa Curtain, PMHNP-BC



My treatment philosophy centers around providing personalized and compassionate care to individuals struggling with mental health challenges. I believe in taking a holistic approach that considers the unique needs and experiences of each client. By fostering a collaborative and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship, I aim to empower individuals to explore their strengths, overcome obstacles, a...

Emily Cassidy, LCPC



I meet clients where they are, and provide support and tools in a judgement-free manner. I enjoy helping my clients navigate through challenges that come up in their lives, and at the same time provide tools to help manage their mental health long-term. Using strategies based primarily on cognitive behavioral and mindfulness approaches, I provide a suggested framework to help my clients succeed...