Childhood Trauma

Most children are exposed to a traumatic event at some point, and while these incidents usually result in at least momentary distress, some children return to normal functioning within a short time. In the most extreme cases, however, a traumatic event can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A child may experience a number of potentially traumatic events, including the following:

• Abuse (sexual, physical, psychological)
• Life-threatening accidents or illnesses
• Violence in school or the community
• Bullying
• Domestic violence (witnessing or experiencing)
• National disasters
• Acts of terror
• Public health crises such as COVID-19
• Loss of a loved one, especially when sudden or violent in nature
• Refugee or war experiences
• Neglect

Even children who don’t exhibit the signs of PTSD can still struggle with various behavioural issues following a traumatic event. Some examples are:

• Anger
• Difficulty focusing or paying attention
• Changes in eating habits
• New fears or phobias
• Increased obsession with safety
• Increased focus on death and dying
• Insomnia and fitful sleeping
• Loss of interest in usual hobbies and activities

Following a traumatic episode, children sometimes develop negative behavioural or emotional responses as a way to cope with their trauma. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to unlearning these negative responses, training the brain to deal with trauma, stress, and grief in a healthier, more productive way. The right intervention from a mental health professional, however, makes it possible not only to move forward from trauma but also to live a healthy, fulfilling life.
Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a specialist and proven form of counselling that has been demonstrated to reduce anxiety.
Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used form of psychotherapy and one of the most extensively researched of all psychotherapies. It has been empirically proven to be useful in the treatment of a variety of psychological conditions including PTSD, anxiety, phobias and depression, within a relatively brief time frame
Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT) for Children, Teenagers & Adolescents – helps to challenge negative thinking
Family Therapy – to help work through difficulties as family
These therapies help you or your child to learn to manage difficult emotions such as depression, anxiety or anger and overcome any problems that might causing distress whether to do problems at home or school, or difficulties with bullying, friendships or violent behaviour.

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