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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is not trauma-based.

CBT is a form of talk therapy designed to help people recognize unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and learn how to change them. Therapy focuses on the present and the future, rather than on the past.

While CBT isn’t designed to “cure” conditions such as ADHD, it can be used to complement other therapies and to help improve specific symptoms.

CBT for kids has practical everyday applications. This therapy can help your child understand the negativity of their thought patterns and learn how to replace them with more positive ones. Discovering new ways of looking at things helps a child learn how to respond differently and improve rather than worsen stressful situations.


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers.


It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques. TF-CBT has proved successful with children and adolescents (ages 3 to 18) who have significant emotional problems (e.g., symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety, or depression) related to traumatic life events.


It can be used with children and adolescents who have experienced a single trauma or multiple traumas in their lives.”



APT defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."

More simply put, child play therapy is a way of being with the child that honors their unique developmental level and looks for ways of helping in the “language” of the child – play.  Licensed mental health professionals therapeutically use play to help their clients, most often children ages three to 12 years, to better express themselves and resolve their problems.

Play therapy works best when a safe relationship is created between the therapist and client, one in which the latter may freely and naturally express both what pleases and bothers them.

Mental health agencies, schools, hospitals, and private practitioners have utilized play therapy as a primary intervention or as supportive therapy for:

  • Behavioral problems, such as anger management, grief and loss, divorce and abandonment, and crisis and trauma.

  • Behavioral disorders, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), or pervasive developmental, academic and social developmental, physical and learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.


Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy proven to reduce symptoms related to anxiety, depression, addiction, phobias, trauma and PTSD, etc.

EMDR has a direct effect on the way the brain processes information, releasing emotional experiences that are trapped in the nervous system. 

Therapists work with the individual to recall a disturbing thought, feeling or memory and then begin Bilateral Stimulation (such as: moving an object side to side). The disturbing memory is then reprocessed by the brain. This results in painful feelings being exchanged for more resolved, peaceful feelings for the patient. 



TraumaPlay™ is informed by our current understandings of the neurobiology of play and the neurobiology of trauma, and is built on the power of one to heal the other. Grounded in attachment theory, the child or family is met moment-to-moment as therapeutic needs are assessed. The framework of seven therapeutic treatment goals serve as the umbrella under which clinicians have freedom to employ a variety of interventions. A subset of goals related to enhancing the role of Parents as Partners expands clinicians’ finesse in integrating parents into trauma treatment. 

TraumaPlay™ allows room for both non-directive and directive approaches to be employed and incorporates clinically sound elements of other evidence based treatments such as Child Centered Play Therapy, Theraplay, and Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy, while offering original interventions that were developed in real-world clinical settings to maximize therapeutic absorption through every play-based learning portal. This training will equip clinicians with a wealth of targeted techniques that are tied to the model’s umbrella treatment goals.

*Information made available by: TraumaPlay Institute


  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Adoption and Foster care

  • General Anxiety

  • Emotional regulation

  • Depression

  • Sexual abuse

  • Physical abuse

  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors

  • Social Anxiety

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • Parenting

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harm

  • Suicidal Ideation

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