Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Jenn Lowe, M.A., LPC

Sep 19
Journey from Trauma

I am a nationally certified provider of TF-CBT, which stands for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. TF-CBT is an evidenced based practice to help clients under the age of 18 process trauma. Here is a little bit more info to help you decide if this is the right treatment for you or your child.

What is TF-CBT?

  • TF-CBT is a research based approach to treat children that have experienced trauma including but not limited to; traumatic grief, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, violence, accidents, disasters, and medical trauma (Cohen, 2015).
  • TF-CBT is time limited, and varies between 8-25 sessions. Although I personally strive for 12, it can vary depending on a child’s needs.
  • TF-CBT includes approaches from various therapeutic models including; cognitive behavioral, attachment theory, developmental, family therapy, and humanistic (Cohen, 2015).

How do you know if your child needs TF-CBT?

  • Children or teenagers must have disclosed a trauma (it is not used in children that are “suspected,” of having been a victim of abuse)
  • Client must have prominent trauma symptoms (depression, anxiety, trauma memories, flashbacks, behavioral problems)
  • Client must have a parent or guardian supportive of treatment, since TF-CBT relies on parental involvement
  • TF-CBT is appropriate for children ages 3-17

I am accepting United/Optum, MedCost, and private pay. If you have another type of insurance, we can provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Sliding scales are available for children receiving TF-CBT, as it is my first priority to make sure children receive the services they need to develop into healthy successful adults.

Works Cited
Cohen, D., & Mannarino, D. (2015, September 16-17). Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Lecture presented in Eden Resort, Lancaster.