Child Stress and Trauma, Trauma - Family and friends affected by Counsellors
Child Stress and Trauma, Trauma - Family and friends affected by
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.
The experience fo trauma can have profound effects on both family and friends. Loved ones may struggle with feelings of helplessness, when witnessing a family member or friend endure emotional pain and suffering. Trauma can also lead to changes in both communication and dynamics within the relationships, potentially causing which force people to grapple with their own emotions and coping mechanisms. However, with support and understanding, family and friends can play a vital role in the healing process, providing comfort and a sense of belonging during times of distress.
If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist with specialized training in helping friends or family cope with trauma you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.