Not wanting to talk about difficult or painful memories is very common, and understandable! However, it is often healing to be able to face painful memories and allows a child and family to move forward. In TF-CBT, children gradually progress towards talking about their pasts, while learning important coping skills to manage distress. Children are encouraged to talk about their past only when it can be done in a safe and therapeutic way and the child and family are ready.

What if a child doesn’t want to talk about their past?