Child Stress and Trauma, Stress Management Counsellors

Child Stress and Trauma, Stress Management

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.

While stress is a normal part of our modern, everyday lives, it can also have dramatic side effects. Chronic stress can lead to behavioral issues, such as drug abuse that can harm relationships. However, most commonly, chronic stress can affect a person's physical health in a number of ways. Many people avoid asking for help in coping with stress management, accepting it as a common hazard of today's fast-paced life.

Yes, at some point everyone suffers from challenges with stress management, but if at any point in time you feel like you have trouble handling it, it is time to get help. Signs that you are not coping with stress management includes a change in your sleeping or eating habits, feeling physically unwell (headaches, ulcers, frequent colds and flu), reduced productivity and decreased pleasure in activities you enjoyed before.

Stress is common when dealing with life changes or situations such as job losses, getting married, breakups or divorces, discrimination, parenting, moving house, death of a pet or loved one, being diagnosed with a serious medical condition.  

Therapy can help you to better deal with stress management issues. Negative moods reduce the quality of several aspects of our lives, including productivity and interpersonal relationships. Through cognitive restructuring, negative thoughts can be challenged and rescripted to help you create a more positive mindset.

Stress can often cloud the validity of our interpretations of certain events and circumstances, and cognitive restructuring challenges those assumptions. In the case of invalid interpretations, the way we think about situations naturally changes, which has a positive effect on our moods and ability to handle stress better.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who will help you manage stress more effectively you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

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Kimi Combow-Gill

M.Ed., RCC
Kimi has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is bound by... Read more

Lezli Wrixon

M.A., RCC
Lezli Wrixon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Certified Child Play (CPT) Therapist. Lezli currently offers counselling services to Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and in the North Peace area at Finding... 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

Christian Monks

M.A., RCC
Does your mind race, are you up in your head a lot, or do you lack motivation and struggle to realize your goals? Have you found success in your career or in the family but find life unsatisfying. Do you find you are... 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

Katelin Wyness

M.Couns., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) working with a wide range of clients including children, youth, adults, older adults and couples at the Vancouver Psychology Centre. Every person is unique, possesses... 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

Charlene Kostecki

M.A., RCC
Individuals, couples and families achieve positive success thanks to Charlene's professional and affordable counselling services. She provides a respectful, safe environment to restore life's balance. Contact... Read more