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TF-CBT Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT stands for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and it is a type of therapy specifically designed to help children, adolescents, and their families who have experienced trauma. TF-CBT is a structured, evidence-based therapy approach that combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with trauma-focused interventions to address the emotional and psychological impact of traumatic experiences.


TF-CBT typically involves several key components, including:


1. Psychoeducation: Providing information to the child and their family about trauma, its effects, and how TF-CBT can help them cope and heal.


2. Relaxation techniques: Teaching the child skills to manage stress and anxiety, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery.


3. Cognitive restructuring: Helping the child identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs related to the trauma, and replacing them with more adaptive and positive thoughts.


4. Trauma narrative: Guiding the child to gradually process and make sense of the traumatic experience by creating a detailed account of what happened.


5. In vivo mastery of trauma reminders: Gradually exposing the child to trauma-related triggers in a safe and controlled manner to reduce fear and avoidance.


6. Enhancing safety and future skills: Building the child's coping skills, problem-solving abilities, and social support networks to help them feel safe and empowered in the present and future.


TF-CBT is typically conducted over 12-16 sessions and involves both individual sessions with the child and joint sessions with the child and their caregiver. The therapy aims to help the child process their trauma, reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress, and improve their overall functioning and well-being. TF-CBT has been shown to be effective in treating children and adolescents who have experienced a range of traumatic events, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and natural disasters.

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Phone: 218.643.9330

Fax: 218.641.1001

Address: 115 5th St N

Breckenridge, MN 56520​

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Phone: 701.532.1353 option 1

Fax: 701.532.1505

Address: 3369 39th St S Suite 2 Fargo, ND 58104

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Address: 4955 17th Ave S #122 Fargo, ND 58103

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Fax: 701.792.7002

Address: 2303 S. Washington St

Grand Forks, ND 58201

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