If your child or teen has had a traumatic experience – whether it be a car accident, sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, a scary medical procedure, or something else – you may be wondering if and how your child will ever be the same. Maybe your child is having nightmares, has become unusually clingy, or seems distant and angry. Perhaps, as a parent, you are struggling with a mix of emotions yourself.
Or, maybe you are a foster or adoptive parent whose child is struggling with the aftermath of living in a chronically neglectful, abusive, or unstable environment.
We have therapists who specialize in helping children and families heal from trauma, including histories of abuse, neglect, and poor attachment. We customize therapy to the unique needs of each child and their history.
Most of our therapists are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a therapy program especially designed to help children and teens heal from sexual abuse and other traumatic experiences. In TF-CBT, children learn skills for expressing and managing their thoughts and feelings, and have the opportunity to process what happened in a healthy, productive way. Parents and caregivers learn how to support their child’s healing and overcome their own feelings about the abuse or trauma.
Starting in Summer 2020, our entire team will begin training in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy), which is another research-supported therapy for treating trauma. This will expand our options for effectively helping children impacted by trauma.
For children who have experience long-term trauma, we often incorporate play therapy, family interventions, and attachment-based therapy approaches to help them find the sense of safety and trust, learn to regulate their emotions, and connect with others in healthy ways.
While a traumatic experience can leave a lasting impact, it doesn’t have to define your child’s future or yours.