TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Re-consolidation)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children and adolescents with trauma or anxiety or depression related symptoms; intervention also used with adults

For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 17

Brief Description

TIMBER is a translational mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for PTSD and uses elements of Yoga, CBT, and Mindfulness-Based Graded Exposure Therapy, and integrates them in a self-help format with the more recent neurobiological understanding of trauma learning and trauma memories. TIMBER uses a balanced combination of both extinction (i.e., gradual diminishing of a conditioned response over time as a person learns to uncouple a response from a stimulus) and re-consolidation of memory approaches (i.e., retrieval of memories to strengthen, add, or remove information, and then update them). These are 2 fundamental learning methods that play crucial role in maintenance of trauma memories. It has been used both as a standalone therapy as well as in combination with psychotropic medications. TIMBER is designed to not cause over-flooding and retraumatization for patients that is seen in some other treatment approaches.

Program Goals:

The goals of TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Re-consolidation) are:

  • Improvement in core symptoms and associated symptoms of PTSD & comorbid panic and depression symptoms
  • Improvement in avoidance behaviors related to PTSD
  • Improvement of dysfunctions arising from symptoms of PTSD
  • Improvements in Quality of Life in population with PTSD

Contact Information

Basant Pradhan, MD
Title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Agency/Affiliation: Cooper University Hospital
Department: Department of Psychiatry

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2016