Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Programs for Complex Trauma

  • Chelsey Mahler


This book chapter explores the most commonly used evidenced-based psychotherapy programs for complex trauma. At the time this chapter was written, there were no evidence-based psychotherapies specifically designed to target distinct issues experienced by victims of sex trafficking. Research indicates that the majority of victims experienced another incident of sexual abuse unrelated to their sex trafficking histories. Psychotherapy treatment programs that are designed to treat complex trauma are the best fit for victims of sex trafficking. This chapter begins with a discussion surrounding the benefits and limitations of evidence-based treatments in psychotherapy. Evidence-based psychotherapies are research-based and considered to be the gold standard for treatment. This chapter also discusses what factors are necessary for a program to be deemed as evidence-based. While it is important for a therapist to choose a treatment that is effective and research-based, it is also imperative that the therapist consider and integrate individual client characteristics into the therapeutic relationship. This chapter then explores the unique symptoms and research behind treating complex trauma. Recommendations on how evidence-based psychotherapy treatments can be modified to address the specific mental health needs for victims of sex trafficking are provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chelsey Mahler
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern University, Fort LauderdaleOhioUSA

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