What Is TF-CBT?

Description

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 PTSD, and describes some of the key components of 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.




What Is TF-CBT?

Key reading

  • Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M. (2000). A cognitive model of posttraumatic stress disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 38, 319-345 academyofct.org archive.org (The canonical reference for the treatment of PTSD: Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [TF-CBT]. This model is suitable even for more complex PTSD, within a phased approach)
  • 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 researchgate.net archive.org