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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Youki Kato

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and aa ceirtified Expressive Arts Therapist. I have expertise in helping people who have experienced Domestic Violence or... Read more

Judith Bertoia

Ph.D., R.Psych
Judith is a Registered Psychologist with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years experience working with individual adults, adolescents, and children as well as couples and families. She is a Registered... Read more

Loretta Zahar

M.A., CCC
Hello, I'm here to support you in your journey through life's stressors and into healing. Seeking counselling/consultation is a normal and healthy way of dealing with life's problems and emotional... Read more

Mary Yan

M.Ed., RCC
Get relief with effective strategies to cope with your child’s behaviours. Mary Yan Counselling in North Vancouver can help Mary Yan Counselling Services offers child and family therapy in North Vancouver. Mary... Read more
Shahla Jalali Mazlouman, MA, CCC, RCC Shahla Jalali-Mazlouman is a registered clinical counsellor (#11503) and a member with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and Canadian Counselling... Read more

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC
Helen Ritchie is  Canadian Certified Counsellor, Cerified Synergetic Play Therapist,  and Registered Play Therapist who sees child, youth, and adult clients  in Vancouver. She is registered with... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., MTA
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviours like bed wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

Laura Worrall

MC, RCC
Laura Worrall, MC:AT, RCC, RCAT Laura has a Master’s in Counselling: Art Therapy degree (MC:AT), and has been in private practice for the past 20 years. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Please note: Ross Laird does not provide individual counselling. He only works with organizations and groups.  Ross A. Laird, PhD is a best-selling author and award-winning scholar. He is a teacher of... Read more

Candida Moreira

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor providing services in Richmond, New Westminster, Coquitlam and Burnaby. I work collaboratively with clients, their families, as well as other professionals who may be involved in... Read more

Darcy Bailey

M.S.W., RCC
Darcy Bailey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Registered Social Worker (RSW), and Art Therapist. Darcy offers counselling, therapy, support and consultation to adults and families as well as Art Therapy and... Read more

Desiree Blume

M.A., RCC
I am a registered clinical counsellor who has worked therapeutically with children, adults, couples and families for over a decade.  I will offer you a safe and caring environment where you can identify and... Read more

Sarah White

M.Couns., RCC
Parenting is the most invested relationship one can partake in. There are many tasks and challenges involved in guiding little people towards becoming competent, responsible, and happy adults. Despite parent's... Read more

Gene Bonny

M.A., R.Psych
For 40 years Gene has offered therapy for children, families, and individual adults in community mental health centers and in private practice.  With his background as oil field worker, minister, high school... Read more

Paula Jurczak

M.A., RCC
Child and Family Counselling Services Promoting emotional healing, social development and the formation of healthy relationships. Paula Jurczak has over eighteen years experience providing counselling services to... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in child and trauma therapy. He helps kids and their parents get unstuck when life circumstances create barriers. As one of the only male trauma-... Read more

Janet Walker

M.A., RCC
Children Has parenting your child become a crisis situation for you?   Is your child acting out after a traumatic experience such as a separation, divorce, or loss of family member?  Is your child... Read more

Rebecca Corcoran

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 14 years of training and experience working with children and families in counselling, child development and family support roles. My ongoing commitment is to... Read more

Sue Diewert

M.Ed., RCC
Sue Diewert is a Registered Clinical Counsellor , Certified Play Therapist and School Counsellor working in Courtenay, BC. If you are looking for support or want to speak with a professional, regarding challenges... Read more