Minnesota Center for Psychology

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Trauma-Focused CBT

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), developed by Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. (co-director of New Jersey CARES Institute), Judith Cohen M.D. (Medical Director of Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents), and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. (Director of Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents), is an evidence based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complicated grief, and trauma-related problems in children and adolescents ages 3-18.  It has been proven effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, and shame in children who have experienced trauma and abuse and has been named “Best Practice” for cases of child abuse (Medical University of South Carolina).


TF-CBT typically consists of 12-16 weekly therapy sessions, although more sessions may be needed in cases of multiple traumas.  Sessions incorporate cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles.  Treatment provides psychoeducation regarding trauma and its effects, teaches effective coping skills, and provides exposure via creating a narrative of the traumatic event(s).  Children gain a sense of mastery over the trauma through repeated reading of his/her trauma narrative. Parent sessions are also a component of treatment to provide support, guidance, parenting strategies, and education regarding the effects of trauma.


Andrea Anderson, PsyD, LP and Kristin Nelson, PsyD, LP are TF-CBT providers after being trained and supervised by Washburn Center for Children.


Most types of insurance are accepted, as is private pay.  Please contact your insurance company to determine your level of coverage.


For more information, to make a referral, or to schedule an intake, please contact MCP at 651-644-4100.