Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) was developed by Drs. Anthony Mannarino, Judith Cohen and Esther Deblinger. TF-CBT is an evidenced based treatment that has been evaluated and refined during the past 25 years to help children and adolescents recover after trauma.
TF-CBT is a structured, short term treatment model that effectively improves a range of trauma related outcomes in 8-25 sessions with the child/adolescent and caregiver. Although TF-CBT is highly effective at improving youth posttraumatic stress disorder(PTSD) symptoms and diagnosis, a PTSD diagnosis is not required in order to receive this treatment.
TF-CBT also effectively addresses many other trauma impacts, including affective(e,g, depression, anxiety), cognitive and behavioral problems, as well as improving the participating parent's or caregiver's personal distress about the child's traumatic experience, effective parenting skills, and supportive interactions with the child.