Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

178483888Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based practice created to help children and their caregivers overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events such as sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one, accidents, disasters, fires, domestic violence, community violence, physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, life threatening illness/injury and bullying

The goal of TF-CBT is to help address the unique needs of children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other problems related to traumatic life experiences. Children and parents are provided knowledge and skills related to processing the trauma; managing distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhancing safety, parenting skills, and family communication. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment that involves individual sessions with the child and parent as well as joint parent-child sessions. Sessions typically occur in the office and are provided by master’s level licensed therapists.

Who is eligible?

  • Children and adolescents age 3-18
  • Children and Adolescents who have experienced or have knowledge of a significant traumatic experience
  • Erie County Residents
  • Concerns or symptoms must be manageable on an outpatient basis
  • Private insurance and medical assistance accepted
  • Sliding fee scale available for participants who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to pay.

Who can make a referral?

  • Self-referral
  • Other community agencies or resources
  • Child Protective Services
  • Manage Care Organizations
  • Doctors/health providers
  • Courts/legal system
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Additional Information

Thanks to United Way funding, Family Services is able to offer a sliding fee scale so that any Erie County resident regardless of ability to pay can obtain counseling.  Contact Sandi McIntire at or 814.866.4507 to make a referral.


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