Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is a mental health treatment model designed for children ages 3- 18 who are experiencing difficulties after trauma exposure such as sexual abuse, exposure to violence, or a natural disaster. TF-CBT was developed by Judy Cohen, M.D., Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. and Esther Deblinger, Ph.D.
TF-CBT is an evidenced-based intervention that is a SAMHSA best practice in the treatment of childhood posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Features of TF-CBT:
- Treatment is short-term. On average, TF-CBT is completed over 18-24 weekly sessions.
- TF-CBT is skills–based. Families are taught many skills in sessions, such as relaxation, to reduce trauma-related distress. In order for treatment to be effective, therapists will also ask children and caregivers to practice and use these skills at home and other places where stress may occur.
- TF-CBT involves the family. Caregivers are actively included in treatment with their child and are key to successful outcomes. Typically, therapists in each TF-CBT session will spend individual time with the child, check in separately with the caregiver, and include combined family time. However, when a child does not have a caregiver who can be involved in treatment, TF-CBT treatment can still be effective in reducing childhood trauma symptoms.
- Sessions will be structured. TF-CBT therapists will have a planned focus for each session to cover skills and activities known to be important for reducing distress related to trauma.
- Treatment will be engaging to the family! TF-CBT therapists will strive to be creative and tailor activities to engage children and provide an enjoyable and safe treatment experience.
If you are seeking a therapist in Georgia to work with a child who has been commercially sexually exploited, below is a list of providers that may help you in your search. The providers listed have participated in Project Intersect training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and many have also participated in an additional TF-CBT for CSEC Advanced training (indicated in the provider profiles). Providers are located in many different regions of the state and in a range of treatment settings including Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, CSEC-specific residential group homes, outpatient settings, and in-home provider organizations. The database allows searchers to select for location as well as treatment setting and also provides information on level of training, payment accepted, and how to refer a client to the listed provider. If you wish to see all therapists in the Project Intersect Network or do not want to select based on a specific variable, just leave that section blank (Example: Licensure). Complete the form below to search the list:
Please note: Using this form requires an up-to-date browser, e.g., Internet Explorer 11, or a recent version of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari.
Project Intersect - Disclaimer
As a public service, Project Intersect has developed a roster, or a written list including the names and contact information of all of our program trainees and graduates. Neither Project Intersect, nor its partner institutions, nor its funders provide official endorsement of the clinicians included on our roster. This listing of clinicians is available for informational purposes only; this listing is not meant to replace consultation with your physician or mental health professional. The views and opinions of clinicians listed on this site do not necessarily state or reflect those of Project Intersect, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, or SAMHSA. Therapists included on this list and website are current or past participants in TF-CBT training provided by Project Intersect. Therapist inclusion on this list indicates only that the therapist attended the training(s) described and their inclusion is not intended by Project Intersect to provide any other information about the quality of the therapy that they provide. Therapists included on this list are not professionally supervised or monitored by Project Intersect staff, trainers or consultants in any manner, and regardless of their inclusion on this list, Project Intersect does not warrant or guarantee the competence or effectiveness of any therapist on this list. Any person using this website to find a therapist does so voluntarily and for their own purposes, and not such use shall create a professional relationship with Project Intersect, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, or the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, nor will such voluntary use result in any liability against Project Intersect, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy or the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. In no event shall the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy or the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration be responsible for the therapist choice made by the user of this list nor be liable for damages in any manner to any user of this list for the voluntary selection of a therapist, for the services provided by any therapist, or for any other damages which may occur.X