Trauma-Focused CBT

cognitive behavioral therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for individuals who have been negatively impacted by trauma, and who have developed an array of emotional and behavioral difficulties as a result. This specific method has been proven effective in treating the symptoms of multiple traumas and singular traumatic events, and incorporates both the individual and his or her family in the process of healing. While TF-CBT is most commonly used as a tool to provide children and their caregivers with the psychoeducation necessary to identifying and coping with trauma-related emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, this method of therapy is also beneficial for adults. At Next Chapter, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a key component of our therapeutic model of recovery. Because we specialize in treating men who have suffered the effects of trauma, we strive to combine a wide range of proven therapeutic methods with a variety of holistic techniques, offering our patients the most comprehensive and personalized care available.

TF-CBT Treatment Model

As a treatment model, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy incorporates several trauma-sensitive intervention components, geared towards helping adolescents, young adults, or adults overcome the emotional, mental, and physical repercussions of past traumatic events. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment, and typically consists of between 12 and 16 individual sessions. In cases of co-occurring disorders, such as those we at Next Chapter tend to treat, TF-CBT can be used as part of a larger, more comprehensive treatment plan. If the patient is an adolescent or young adult, the therapy will often consist of several sessions that include the parents or primary caregivers. There are several major components of TF-CBT, which revolve around individualizing relaxation techniques and a psychoeducation pertaining to childhood trauma.

These components include:

  • Affective emotional expression
  • Emotional regulation
  • Relaxation
  • Trauma narrative development and processing
  • Safety enhancement
  • Family sessions
  • Psychoeducation and parenting skills

Family involvement is a major part of the Next Chapter program, seeing as the probability of long-term recovery is greatly influenced by the role the family plays in the treatment process. Because TF-CBT always involves the parents or primary caregivers of the afflicted individual, we believe strongly in the depth of its value. This method of cognitive behavioral therapy does not only work to address and improve the impacts of trauma – it works to bring the family closer together while mending dysfunction and improving healthy parenting skills.

Proven Results

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was originally developed by Judith Cohen, Esther Deblinger, and Anthony Mannarino – all experienced doctors of psychology and medicine. This specific method of therapeutic treatment has been closely studied and refined over the course of the past 25 years. Currently, 14 randomized and controlled trials have been conducted in numerous countries – throughout the US, Africa, and Europe – comparing the end results of completed TF-CBT sessions to those of other therapeutic models. Every single one of these studies concluded that this specific methodology was superior in providing trauma survivors and their immediate families with the support and direction necessary to overcoming damaging traumatic experiences, and related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder).

For more information on our trauma-focused program of recovery, or to learn more about the importance of TF-CBT, please feel free to contact us today.