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 help available. You can always turn to Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., JoAnn Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. for child counselling in Edmonton. Our patient and caring counsellors will work with your child to get to the root of the problem and help him or her get on the path towards recovery. We provide a safe, confidential space where your child can speak freely without fear of ridicule or judgement.
You might worry that you won’t recognize when your child is suffering from trauma. Troublesome behaviour that’s out of character for your child is generally a sign that something is wrong, but you still may not know what the anger or sadness stems from. Our child counselling for trauma in Edmonton can bring the source of the trauma to light, allowing us to help them understand their emotions, express their thoughts and learn useful coping skills.
What Causes Childhood Trauma?
Violent, frightening, and life-threatening incidents can all lead to trauma. Children also seek solace after physical or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, terrorist events, loss of a parent through death or divorce, hospitalization, natural disasters, or any other incident that causes them extreme distress.
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:
What Can You Do?
Children often turn to the people they are closest to after a traumatic incident. As you listen to their story, you want to empathize with their emotional experience. This creates safety allowing your child to tell and perhaps retell their story of a traumatic event. You can also create a safe haven for your child as you:
These actions, in addition to any necessary professional help, allow the child to feel comfortable and safe in different situations and environments.