More than two thirds of children report at least one traumatic event by age 16….
Many of the symptoms we see in children and adolescents can be traced back to unresolved trauma. Childhood trauma is any event experienced by a child that evokes fear. Sometimes referred to as adverse childhood experiences or ACES, there are countless ways a child can experience trauma.
Physical or sexual abuse, bullying, watching the death of a loved one, violent media, or a major medical incident can all contribute to trauma.
Common symptoms of trauma in children include:
- Anger issues
- Attention problems
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- School refusal
- Headaches and stomach aches
- Development of new fears
- Concerns about death or safety
- Being easily “set off”
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of impulse control
- Increased risk of self harm
Untreated childhood trauma can lead to long term challenges biologically, emotionally, and relationally.
However, children are resilient, and with support, they can heal!!
Trauma Focused CBT
Trauma Focused CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. TF-CBT has been shown by research to resolve a broad array of emotional and behavioral challenges associated with complex, single, and multiple trauma.