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Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)

Understanding TF-CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) designed to help individuals process and overcome trauma. This approach integrates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioural techniques to address the complex impacts of traumatic experiences.

Addressing Trauma

TF-CBT is used with individuals, especially children and adolescents, who have experienced traumatic events. It focuses on alleviating the emotional and psychological distress associated with trauma.

Detailed Explanation

TF-CBT combines traditional CBT principles with trauma-specific approaches to create a comprehensive treatment plan. Key features include:

  1. Psychoeducation about trauma and its effects
  2. Cognitive processing of traumatic memories
  3. Relaxation and stress management skills
  4. Enhancing safety and future development

What is TF-CBT?

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist individuals in managing and overcoming trauma-related difficulties.

Benefits of TF-CBT

TF-CBT helps reduce trauma-related symptoms, improve emotional regulation, and enhance overall well-being.

How TF-CBT Works

TF-CBT typically involves structured sessions that integrate various therapeutic approaches tailored to the individual’s needs.


What is Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)?
TF-CBT is a type of therapy that specifically addresses the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma.
Who can benefit from TF-CBT?
Individuals who have experienced traumatic events and are experiencing emotional or psychological distress can benefit from TF-CBT.
How long does TF-CBT take?
The duration of TF-CBT can vary but typically involves 12-25 sessions depending on the individual’s needs.


  1. “Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  2. Cohen, J. A., Mannarino, A. P., & Deblinger, E. (2017). Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents. The Guilford Press.
  3. “TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” American Psychological Association
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision