Trauma is the experience of severe psychological distress following any terrible or life-threatening event. Many teens experience some sort of trauma in our lives. It can be anything from parents getting divorced to experiencing a natural disaster. Psychology Today tells us that people who have experienced trauma “may develop emotional disturbances such as extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, survivor’s guilt, or PTSD. They may experience ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, encounter turbulence in their personal and professional relationships, and feel a diminished sense of self-worth due to the overwhelming amount of stress.” If you notice your teen struggling with similar symptoms, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) can help.
What is TF-CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs. A short-term intervention that generally lasts anywhere from eight to 25 sessions, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma.
How TF-CBT Can Help Teens
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is designed to create a supportive atmosphere where children and adolescents are made comfortable enough to discuss their traumatic experience. TF-CBT encourages parents and their adolescents to work together to create a “therapeutic” alliance between themselves and their therapist. This positive support can help teens disrupt those negative or irrational beliefs. TF-CBT can also be experiential. By experiencing situations that once triggered post-traumatic responses, teens can overcome their trauma and begin the path to healing. TF-CBT can be paired with experiential therapies such as adventure or equine therapy.
How Do I Help My Teen Receive TF-CBT?
A residential treatment center (RTC) like Solstice East can help your daughter begin to treat her trauma with TF-CBT. The Solstice mission is to support adolescents, and their families, in developing excellence in relationships, influence, character, and health throughout their life journeys. Through relationship-based programming, we help students restore and rebuild healthy, trusting relationships with their families, peers, teachers, and staff. To learn more please click here, or call (855) 672-7058.