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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) focuses on providing assistance to youth that experienced emotional and behavioral problems because of traumatic life events. Studies have shown TF-CBT sessions resulted in behavioral improvement in youth when it comes to dealing with anxiety, depression, and social competence. 

The research was done in different parts of the world, including the United States, Africa, and Europe. Results were consistent in terms of improvement in children's symptoms. This model also assists parents in helping their child with such events and developing positive parenting skills.

What are some traumatic events a child can face?

  • Motor vehicle accidents

  • Physical abuse

  • Natural disasters

  • School violence

  • Traumatic losses 

  • Sexual abuse

What are some symptoms of youth dealing with trauma?

  • Development of new fears

  • Lack of interest in activities

  • Disturbance in sleep, constant nightmares

  • Sadness

  • Loss of concentration in school work, conversations, etc.

  • Fear of being alone

  • Irritability 

How long is TF-CBT?

TF-CBT sessions would consist of 12 to 25 sessions in total where a licensed therapist trained for TF-CBT will work with the parent/caregiver and their child. The total time for each session would run approximately 60 to 90 minutes. This way, each time between you and your child is divided equally.


If sessions are attended on a regular basis, the program will be completed in about 6 months or less. However, the type and effect of trauma had on a child can result in an extended therapy session.

What can I expect from the TF-CBT?

Sessions will focus on building coping skills with your child, and how to learn to handle the stress and anxiety that comes with it. Also, some main essential components that come with TF-CBT sessions:

  • Relaxation skills

  • Psychoeducation about child trauma

  • Modulation skills to youth and parent/caregiver

  • Trauma narrative and processing

  • Enhancing safety developmental trajectory

  • Cognitive skills (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors)

  • Traumatic greif components


This will assist both you and your child in improving social interpersonal trust, and social competence.



  • Must be actively involved with DCFS

"The parent-child connection is the most powerful mental health intervention known to mankind"

- Bessel van der Kolk

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