Trauma is something we’re confronted with on a daily basis. We see stories on the news constantly looping coverage about mass shootings here and abroad. Our world doesn’t always feel safe. As adults, we know this overwhelming feeling when confronted by trauma. We may not always know how to recover and heal from trauma but we often have the words to at least describe the symptoms: sleepless nights, nightmares, feeling keyed up, etc.
How about for kids? How does trauma affect them? Children often don’t have the vocabulary or cognitive development to express themselves with words. Traditional talk therapy often doesn’t work with adults for trauma, and likewise it is not very useful or effective for children. Children communicate through play, not words. They need to use their play, art, and movement to heal. EMDR Therapy combined with play therapy can be incredibly effective. If you have a child who may be suffering from trauma, bring them to our offices (or any competent therapy office where they have trained clinicians in EMDR and play therapy). We can assess and explain how therapy may help your child.
By: Alyssa de la Torre