Specialty Counseling for Individuals with Trauma and Attachment
What is Trauma?
Often used to refer to a traumatic event. A trauma is a scary, dangerous, or violent event that can happen to anyone. Not all dangerous or scary events are traumatic events.
What is a traumatic event?
When we face or witness an immediate threat to ourselves or to a loved one, often followed by serious injury or harm. We feel terror, helplessness, or horror at what we are experiencing and our inability to stop it or protect ourselves or others from it.
What is Child Traumatic Stress?
When a child has had one or more traumatic events, and have reactions that continue to affect his or her daily lives – even after the traumatic events ended. Children may have different reactions becoming very upset for long periods, depressed or anxious. They may show changes in the way they behave, or in their eating and sleeping habits, difficulties at school, problems relating to others or isolating. Older children may use drugs or alcohol, behave in risky ways, or engage in unhealthy sexual activity.
The goal of treatment is to help to address feelings of helplessness and worries over safety and to identify helpful thoughts and actions. Because trauma can interrupt a child’s normal development therapy helps in reducing the symptoms, and well as offering support and guidance to return to age-appropriate activities. You will be asked for your participation and cooperation in therapy because this is extremely important to the recovery of your children and well -being of your family. (NCTSN.org)