Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy approach that is specifically designed to help individuals, typically children and adolescents, who have experienced trauma. This approach integrates cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques with trauma-focused interventions to address the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural effects of traumatic experiences.

TF-CBT aims to help individuals understand and process the traumatic event(s) they have experienced, and to develop coping skills to manage their reactions to traumatic triggers. The therapy is typically delivered in a structured format that includes individual sessions with the child or young person, and separate sessions with the child or young person's caregiver(s).

The therapy focuses on several key components, including psychoeducation about trauma and its effects, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, cognitive restructuring to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs, exposure to the traumatic event(s) through imaginal and/or in vivo exposure, and development of a trauma narrative.

Research has shown that TF-CBT is an effective treatment for children and young people who have experienced a range of traumatic events, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and witnessing violence. It has also been shown to be effective in treating other related conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and behavioural problems. TF-CBT has been adapted for use with adults as well, but its primary application is with children and young people.


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