Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence based, unique form of treatment designed to help children, adolescents, and their families that have been impacted by trauma. TF-CBT helps children address the negative effects of trauma by processing their traumatic memories, overcoming negative thoughts and behaviors, developing new and effective coping and communication skills.

What to expect.

TF-CBT is specifically tailored to meet the needs of children and adolescents experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties as a result of a traumatic event. This treatment is short-term and generally lasts around 16 sessions. 80% of children see improvement in this timeframe. Parents/caregivers often participate in treatment, similar to family therapy.

TF-CBT provides both parents and children with a safe and stable environment in which they can disclose the details of their trauma. Children are shown how their perceptions of themselves and other may be distorted and are given the tools to change those perceptions. The trained therapist can then provide those in therapy with the necessary tools to alleviate the overwhelming thoughts causing stress, anxiety and other negative emotions, and teach them how to cope in a healthier way.

What are the benefits of TF-CBT? 

By integrating the theories and techniques of several therapeutic treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy, TF-CBT can address and improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in children, adolescents, and their families. Children receiving TF-CBT have been shown to experience a wide range of improvements in their overall wellbeing. This includes decreased PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, shame, and negative thought patterns as well as an increased ability to communicate and form healthy relationships.

This service is available in the following locations:


  • Augusta
  • via telehealth statewide

For more information or to enroll in services our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

We are required to bill for our services. MaineCare and private insurance will pay for many of our services. Low or no-cost treatment may be available to qualified individuals.

Not sure which treatment is right for you?
Call our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

They will answer your questions, provide information, and help you make an appointment for an initial assessment, where we can learn more about you and your specific needs.