Child Stress and Trauma Expressive Arts Therapies

Child Stress and Trauma

Children today are exposed to much more trauma than we were twenty or thirty years ago, and that's why child trauma counselling is such an important tool to help them cope. Once off events, such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, life-threatening illnesses, natural disasters, or war can leave a child scarred for life.

Long-term exposure to poverty, verbal abuse or milder types of abuse are traumatic too, in fact that can be as devastating to a child as a single catastrophic event.

As with adults, every child has a different way of dealing with similar circumstances or events. Not every person who experiences the same event will become traumatized, but exposure to trauma can result in a variety of symptoms including nightmares, bedwetting, anxiety, depression, disdain for authority, poor grades, moodswings, substance abuse, and self-harm.

Both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and a range of other therapies can be helpful in treating children who have been exposed to short term trauma. Therapists will usually work with the child on a one-on-one basis to help the child restructure negative thought patterns and self esteem (in the case of abuse, etc.) before calling in the family for family counselling. Family counselling is a great way for the family to find common ground, build problem-solving skills and to help the parents to re-establish themselves as the authority figures in the home.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist with specialized traing in trauma counselling for children you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Expressive Arts Therapies

Expressive Arts Therapies use digital media or traditional arts and crafts materials to help clients express themselves more effectively. Therapists use art therapies in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy in clinical settings for clients of all ages to promote mental health.

Writing, movement, drama, music and other forms of art is used as part of several integrative mental health interventions and complementary practices. The logic behind expressive art therapy is that people often find it easier to express themselves in symbols, pictures and movement. By allowing this artistic expression, clients can express their thoughts and emotions easily, while finding the path to transformation, recovery and wellness.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Expressive Arts Therapies, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Gabriela Ionita

Ph.D., RCC

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC

Candida Moreira

M.A., RCC

Laura Worrall

MC, RCC

Loretta Zahar

M.A., CCC

Sue Diewert

M.Ed., RCC

Rebecca Corcoran

M.A., RCC

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC

Sarah White

M.Couns., RCC

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., MTA

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC

Darcy Bailey

M.S.W., RCC

Desiree Blume

M.A., RCC

Mary Yan

M.Ed., RCC

Janet Walker

M.A., RCC

Gene Bonny

M.A., R.Psych

Judith Bertoia

Ph.D., R.Psych

Youki Kato

M.A., RCC