Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based practice for children and adolescents who have experienced some type of trauma.

Trauma is when something terrible happens that makes a person feel scared, helpless or afraid that they might die.  Some examples of horrible or traumatic events include:

  • Childhood neglect
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Rape
  • Threats of violence
  • Car accidents
  • Death of parent or loved one
  • Seeing violence against others

Trauma can often lead to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Not being able to stop thinking about what happened
  • Avoiding things that remind them of what happened
  • Feeling worried, nervous, or angry a lot of the time
  • Upsetting or scary dreams
  • Behavior changes
  • Physical symptoms such as stomach aches or headaches
  • Difficulty talking about what happened
  • Flashbacks or feeling as if the trauma is happening again

Using both individual and family sessions, TF-CBT provides children/adolescents and their caregivers a safe place to talk about the painful memories.  In session, we teach skills on how to handle troubling emotions connected to the trauma as well as ways to reduce the anxiety, fear, flashbacks, and nightmares that are common after a traumatic experience.

Failure to get help with PTSD can result in:

  • Sadness/depression
  • Using drugs and or alcohol
  • Breaking or destroying things
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Self harming behaviors, such as cutting

If you are interested in learning more about our TF-CBT services, please contact our Intake Worker at (314) 534-9350.


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