As a parent or caregiver, you want to protect your child from anything that causes serious and long-term harm. Sadly, you can't protect your child from everything and childhood trauma can happen. Thankfully, there is help available. You can always turn to Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann 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. As child psychologists in Edmonton, we specialize in working with children to offer suitable therapy in a calm and supportive environment. Psychotherapy with experienced therapists can help your child open up and talk about things they may not feel comfortable revealing to you. It's important that your child can develop trusting relationships with other adults and have someone outside of the family unit that they can confide in when a traumatic situation occurs.
A child psychologist is equipped with the knowledge and training to handle the unique therapy requirements of a child. When it comes to counselling for children, understanding the world from their perspective is vital. A regular counsellor might not be able to do so, whereas a child therapist can. It is also important to note that the mode of counselling that is effective for a child from a certain age group, might not be useful for a child who is younger or older. For example, your four-year-old child might require a very different form of counselling, compared to a teenager. When you entrust a child psychologist, you can be assured that your child receives therapy that is suitable for his or her age group.
At Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd., we offer child therapy in Edmonton along with online counselling with a nuanced view of how your child’s brain works. If you are looking for a reliable child therapist in Edmonton, rely on us for guiding your child through the difficult phase they might be going through.
We can help you, as parents, learn how to become active listeners when their child presents emotional material. With us, you can also learn how to help your child overcome trauma by utilizing EMDR therapy to help your child reprocess the traumatic event to resolution. Working with the family when the traumatic event(s) occurred within the family unit is important, and you can count on us for it. This in turn, will result in a stronger long-term relationship between you and your child.
For some children, expressive arts therapy helps them reprocess traumatic events by drawing or painting their experience and then telling the story of their art to our therapists. This is another form of therapy that we will utilize depending on your child’s needs.
Children have impressionable brains. Consequently, exposure to any kind of overwhelming event might leave a negative imprint. Violent, frightening, and life-threatening incidents can all lead to trauma. Children also seek solace after witnessing or experiencing 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.
It might be challenging for you to determine if your child is suffering from a trauma of some kind. However, you can always look for behavioural clues if you suspect that your child is dealing with distress. Some of the common symptoms of trauma in children include:
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 services 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.
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 in the form of child therapy, allow the child to feel comfortable and safe in different situations and environments. If you feel you need the services of child psychologists in Edmonton, call our office at 780-433-2269 to talk with our staff or schedule an appointment.