As a parent or caregiver, you want to protect your child from anything that causes serious and long-term harm. But you can't protect your child from everything, and unfortunately childhood trauma can happen.
Thankfully, there is hope through child counselling. Edmonton children and families can turn to offices like Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., JoAnn Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. for help.
What Causes Childhood Trauma?
Violent, frightening, and life-threatening incidents can all lead to trauma. Our Edmonton clients seek solace after abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, terrorist events, loss of a parent through death or divorce, hospitalization, natural disasters, or any other incident that causes extreme distress.
You might worry that you can't recognize when your child suffers from trauma. However, most children change their behaviour as a response to traumatic events.
What Behaviours Indicate Childhood Trauma?
Young children struggle to communicate their feelings clearly. They might simply lack the verbal ability to communicate or lack the experience to fully explain a diverse range of emotions. A child could experience complex feelings like frustration, anxiety, pain, and heartbreak but might not understand what those feelings mean.
And as a parent, you might not know how to recognize if your child has experienced a trauma. After a traumatic event, your child may exhibit some of the following symptoms:
These actions, in addition to any necessary professional help, allow the child to feel comfortable and safe in different situations and environments.
If you need child counselling in Edmonton, call our office at 780-433-2269 to talk with our staff or schedule an appointment.