Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy designed for people who have experienced some kind of traumatizing event, and have difficulty coping with the aftermath. A trauma can include combat, sexual or physical assault, being the victim of a crime, surviving a disaster, being in an accident, or any other potentially life-threatening situation. Sometimes people who experience or witness a trauma can go on to develop painful psychological symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive images of the trauma. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people cope with and significantly reduce these symptoms through emotional reprocessing.
Cognitive processing therapy is a trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses more on the thoughts people have in response to their trauma. Essentially, cognitive processing therapy helps people examine their maladaptive patterns in thinking and find more effective ways of making sense of the trauma. This is achieved through homework assignments involving patients writing out their trauma narrative, and engaging in cognitive restructuring of maladaptive or problematic thinking patterns.
Seeking safety is a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that helps people learn to regulate their intense emotions in the aftermath of a trauma. By learning behavioral coping skills such as relaxation training and mindfulness, people are better able to deal with symptoms resulting from experiencing a trauma. Because the treatments described above can be stressful, seeking safety is generally used to help prepare people for these more intensive treatments by building up their coping skills.
After attending the course, a participant will be able to:
Kahne Simmons, LPC-S/LCMHT/NCC