Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  1. NM Behavioral Health EBP Provider Expansion Initiative
  2. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Service Definition

TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a short-term treatment model that effectively improves a range of trauma-related outcomes in eight to 25 sessions, as well as addressing depression and anxiety and cognitive and behavioral problems. It involves parent participation.

Population Served

Children and adolescents (ages 3-18) who remember being exposed to at least one trauma (e.g., child maltreatment, community violence, traumatic loss of a loved one) and who experience the following:

  • PTSD symptoms
  • Elevated levels of depression, anxiety, shame, or other dysfunctional abuse-related feelings, thoughts, or developing beliefs
  • Trauma-related behavioral problems, including age inappropriate sexual behaviors
  • Nonoffending parents or other caregivers