Amie Pickard, LPC Candidate

Trauma Informed Therapy

 

TF-CBT is a research-based therapy shown to help children, teens, and their parents cope with trauma.  It is normally provided to children between the ages of 3 and 18.  Talking about trauma is done in a gradual, supportive way and does not happen until the child has learned some skills to cope with the discomfort.  TF-CBT helps families manage feelings, talk about the trauma, and develop plans for feeling safe in the future.  It includes the following:

 

·  Education about trauma and its effects

·  Help with parenting strategies for common behavior problems

· Training in relaxation/stress management

· Learning about feelings and ways to express them

· Finding and changing the thoughts about the trauma and self that can prevent healing

· Developing creative ways for children to gradually talk about what happened

·  Engaging in some joint sessions to help the child and caregiver(s) talk together about the trauma

·  Learning and practicing safety skills

 



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