What Is TF-CBT?

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 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

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What Is TF-CBT?