Counselling Vancouver - Child Stress and Trauma Synergetic Play Therapy, Psychologists, Therapists in Vancouver, Kitsilano

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.

Synergetic Play Therapy

The main premise of Synergetic Play Therapy is that the therapist actively engages in the child's play as a co-regulator and a resource. The therapist's role is to create a safe and attuned therapeutic environment where the child feels accepted, understood, and supported. SPT emphasizes the therapeutic relationship as a primary factor in facilitating healing and growth.

In Synergetic Play Therapy, the therapist pays close attention to the child's nervous system arousal and regulation, helping the child build self-regulation skills. The therapist also helps the child explore and process unresolved emotions, trauma, or challenging life experiences through play.


If you are looking at Synergetic Play Therapy for your child, have a look at the counsellors listed below.

 

 

Helen Ritchie

M.Ed., CCC
Helen Ritchie is  a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist Supervisor,  and EMDR Therapist who sees children, youth,adults and parents in Vancouver.  Play Therapy... Read more