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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach and has been the focus of much research in its application to trauma-related disorders. The application of cognitive behavioral therapy in addressing trauma is based on two major theories: learning theory and cognitive theories. Learning theory includes the concepts of classical and operant conditioning. Cognitive theories address the impact that core assumptions and beliefs have in the development and preservation of trauma-related disorders. This entry discusses variations of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy seeks to address the cognitive and behavioral reactions to experiencing trauma. The cognitive reactions to trauma often include maladaptive cognitions about the traumatic event and its aftermath. Other cognitive reactions may include impairment in an individual’s ability to recall memories regarding ...

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