MedCircle Original Series

Trauma-Focused CBT: The Evidence-Based Approach

The expected success rate of trauma-focused CBT is nearly 80%. Learn how it works & its practical tools, straight from a neuropsychologist.

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Series Overview

Trauma-Focused CBT: How it Methodically Addresses Trauma 7 Min

Dr. Judy kicks off our first session with a deep-dive on the basics of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She discusses who it’s for, how it’s different than classic cognitive behavioral therapy, and how it methodically addresses trauma.

Phase 1: Psychoeducation, Parenting, Relaxation, & Emotion Regulation 15 Min

In this session, Dr. Judy breaks down the first phases of trauma-focused CBT. She shares how long a trauma-focused CBT regimen can last, how parenting and psychoeducation impact treatment, and the significant roles “relaxation” and “affective modulation” (i.e. “emotion regulation”) play in this therapy’s effectiveness.

Phase 2: Cognitive Coping, Trauma Narrative, & In Vivo Gradual Exposure 22 Min

Dr. Judy walks through the “C,” “T,” and “I” of the PRACTICE acronyms in this session. She breaks down what cognitive coping has to do with transforming thoughts to be helpful instead of hurtful; she shares how this form of CBT addresses the root of trauma through the “trauma narrative”; and she explains how “in vivo gradual exposure” improves the patient’s resilience both day-to-day and in the long-term.

Phase 3: Conjoint Parent-Child Sessions & Enhancing Safety/Future Development 12 Min

Dr. Judy explains how parents can collaborate with the therapist and with their child during the “conjoint parent-child sessions” phase of the PRACTICE method. She also walks through what actionable steps to take to enhance the survivor’s future safety, and foster their future development, once the TF-CBT regimen ends.

How to Find Trauma-Focused CBT (& the Right Therapist) 13 Min

In our final session, Dr. Judy walks through how to find the best provider for trauma-focused CBT. She shares which organizations can help you find a TF-CBT certified therapist, and what specific questions to ask a potential therapist once you find one, in order to determine they’re the right professional for you.


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About the Series

Eight million people in the United States suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Left untreated, PTSD can wreak havoc on all areas of a person’s life, including relationships, career, day-to-day functioning, and mental and physical health.

However, with the right, most effective treatment, there is real hope for recovery.

As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Judy Ho understands the way trauma can majorly impact the brain, memories, and cognitive functioning. In this series, she walks through a life-changing type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that can improve the functioning—and the life—of trauma survivors.

This treatment is called trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

Not only does trauma-focused CBT address the major mental health obstacles in the patient’s life; it tackles the root of the trauma itself. This series shows you how.

Who is this series for?

This series is incredibly insightful for trauma survivors. If you have survived a trauma, this series will provide you with valuable tools for coping with trauma, and whether trauma-focused CBT is right for you.

This series is a must-have for anyone who is supporting a trauma survivor. Trauma-focused CBT could be a viable treatment option.

"I wish more people know that CBT can be strategically used to

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • Each element of the PRACTICE method utilized by this therapy which includes: Psychoeducation and Parenting skills,
  • Relaxation, Affective Modulation, Cognitive Coping, Trauma Narrative Development and Processing, In Vivo Gradual Exposure, Conjoint Parent-Child Sessions, and Enhancing Safety and Future Development.
  • Who trauma-focused CBT is for and how to know if it’s right for you or your loved one
  • The unique, effective ways trauma-focused CBT addresses and improves symptoms of trauma
  • How to address triggers of trauma and reframe them to improve thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Tangible tools and resources that accompany each phase of the PRACTICE method and how survivors/supporters can implement them today

“We need to help [trauma survivors] establish a worldview that allows them to thrive...and to treat them as whole human beings…[survivors] often feel fractured...and sometimes don’t have a sense of continuity with their identity. This helps them gain inner peace through practical skill sets.”

Triple Board Certified Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychologist, Ph.D.


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You can get free access to all 5 segments of this video series when you become a MedCircle Member. You’ll also get access to every video series from the MedCircle doctors.