How children experience an event and how it’s handled by those around them have an effect on how traumatizing it can be. If your child has been through a traumatic experience it is incredibly important that your child’s support system be activated and that you reach out for as much support as you can access (especially when you too have been traumatized). Children often don’t have the vocabulary to explain and put into words what they have experienced. Play is children’s way to communicate to us how they are seeing their worlds and a key way they master skills they also need in the world. I can provide that therapeutic play that will help your child communicate and process their experience. This will also help you feel in control because you are doing something positive to help your child cope with the situation. If you notice your child is experiencing physical and emotional effects (nightmares, problems sleeping or with eating, anger, lack of attention) after a trauma I can help them express and feel supported with their feelings in safe, sometimes even, non verbal ways. Your child will become better integrated so that they can use their brain in a coordinated way. We will acknowledge your child’s experience in ways that help them process the events so they do not continue to feel powerless and afraid.

Examples of traumatic experiences:

  • Hospitalization or painful medical procedures
  • Separation from a parent due to adoption, death or divorce
  • Abuse
  • Witnessing a parent abuse substances
  • Neglect, poverty and toxic stress
  • Witnessing a trauma or a death
  • Being involved in an event such as a major car accident or natural disaster
  • Healing from enduring emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Witnessing family violence
  • Intergenerational trauma - effects on parenting

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