TRAUMA-FOCUSED

COGNITIVE 

BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

EYE MOVEMENT

DESENSITIZATION

AND REPROCESSING

COGNITIVE

BEHAVIORAL

THERAPY

ACCEPTANCE

AND

COMMITMENT

THERAPY

Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy

TF-CBT is recognized as being one the most effective interventions for adolescents who are experiencing emotional, cognitive and psychological symptoms related to one or more traumatic life events (including complex trauma.)  TF-CBT is a short term treatment model (8-25 weeks) proven to be effective in improving post traumatic stress symptoms, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, and feelings of shame, guilt and mistrust.  

 

TF-CBT recognizes the importance of parents/caregivers in the adolescent’s healing process. This treatment strives to give parents the resources and skills necessary to cope with the psychological ramifications of trauma. Parents participate in sessions individually as well as jointly with their adolescent.  Parents can process their personal distress regarding the adolescent’s traumatic experiences, learn effective parenting skills to manage problematic behaviors and skills to promote positive and supportive interactions. 

 

For more information on TF-CBT check out www.tfcbt.org

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard therapy model for treating adolescents with anxiety and depression. It is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving to help children overcome a wide array of maladaptive behaviors. CBT teaches adolescents that their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected, so changing one of these can help adolescents replace negative thought patterns with more productive ones and practice alternative ways of handling stressful situations.

Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprocessing Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective short-term psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy focuses on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue and allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.

 

Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated by asking you to watch the therapist's finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights, handheld buzzies, or headphones are used instead. With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life. 

 

For more information about EMDR, please visit EMDR International at www.emdria.org.

 
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard therapy model for treating adolescents with anxiety and depression. It is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving to help children overcome a wide array of maladaptive behaviors. CBT teaches adolescents that their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected, so changing one of these can help adolescents replace negative thought patterns with more productive ones and practice alternative ways of handling stressful situations.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach that encourages individuals to accept difficult thoughts and feelings rather than being in conflict with their pain and hardship.  ACT focuses on developing psychological flexibility and acceptance of self through defining values and practicing mindfulness.  ACT encourages clients to face difficulties head on and at the same time commit to actions that move them towards what is most important in their lives.  ACT is an evidenced-based model and utilized to treat a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and depression. 

ACT is meant to be life-affirming and an inspirational approach to self-determination.