At Alive Counselling, we love offering client centered counselling in Kelowna and Online Counselling. We are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities, and always tailor it to you and your unique needs! We are grateful to be able to draw on a variety of evidence-based approaches to ensure the best care for you! We are excited to offer trauma informed therapy in Kelowna, and specifically Trauma-Focused Cogntive Behavioral Therapy in Kelowna, or TF-CBT. This evidence-based approach merges Trauma Informed Care with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is often the gold-standard of therapy used working in anxiety, stress, depression, and changing negative self-talk.


Samantha and Laura just completed their TF-CBT training specializing in working with people 3-18!

Clinical Counsellor Samantha Cooper at Alive Counselling describing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TF-CBT

What is Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ?

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or TF-CBT is a specialized form of cognitive-behavioral therapy designed to help individuals ages 3-18 recover from the emotional and psychological impact of traumatic experiences. This evidence-based treatment integrates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioral strategies to address the unique needs of those affected by trauma.

How does Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) help? 


️ Reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. 


️ Improving emotional regulation and coping skills. 


️ Enhancing personal resilience and self-esteem. 


️ Facilitating the processing of traumatic memories in a safe and supportive environment.

What are the Benefits of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)?

TF-CBT is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 3-18 who have experienced trauma, including but not limited to:

  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Natural disasters.
  • Serious accidents or illnesses.
  • Traumatic loss of a loved one.

How Does Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) work?

TF-CBT typically involves the following components:

1. **Psychoeducation and Parenting Skills:

Educating children and their caregivers about trauma and its effects, and teaching effective parenting strategies to support the child.

2. **Relaxation Techniques:**

Teaching stress management and relaxation skills to help manage trauma-related anxiety.

3. **Affective Expression and Regulation:**

Helping children identify, express, and manage their emotions.

4. **Cognitive Processing:**

Assisting children in identifying and modifying unhelpful thoughts related to the trauma.

5. **Trauma Narrative:**

Encouraging children to create a narrative of their traumatic experiences to process and integrate the trauma.

6. **In Vivo Exposure:**

Gradual exposure to trauma reminders in a safe way to reduce avoidance behaviors.

7. **Conjoint Parent-Child Sessions:**

Facilitating communication and support between children and their caregivers.

8. **Enhancing Future Safety and Development:**

Teaching skills to enhance personal safety and promote healthy development.

TF-CBT is typically delivered over 12-25 weekly sessions and involves both individual sessions and parallel sessions with caregivers, but is personaliezd to you and your unique needs.