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What is Trauma Focused CBT?

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This information handout describes the key principles of TF-CBT and common techniques used in a TF-CBT approach.

What Is TF-CBT? is an information sheet describing the key principles of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). It outlines the differences between trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and describes some of the key components of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for PTSD. It is a helpful handout to give to clients who may want information before choosing between evidence-based therapies such as trauma-focused CBT and EMDR. See also the What is EMDR? information sheet.

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training
  • Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M. (2000). A cognitive model of posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 38, 319-345.
  • Grey, N., Young, K., & Holmes, E. (2002). Cognitive restructuring within reliving: a treatment for peritraumatic emotional “hotspots” in posttraumatic stress disorder. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30, 37-56.

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