Sometimes the impact of trauma is obvious. Wildfires, hurricanes, car accidents, and the death of a parent are big events and it makes sense that afterwards, you might see your child struggling. But what about smaller, every day traumas like dog bites, stitches, bullies, or falling off the monkey bars? Moving to a new neighborhood or losing their favorite baby-sitter? Sometimes children even experience trauma due to things they overhear or see on TV!
At times, life can be difficult for all of us. Children are especially susceptible to the impact of an overwhelming event due to their age-appropriate ability to make sense of what happened.
Through play, movement, and story-telling, therapy can help your child make sense of the scary moment, build mastery, and achieve better brain integration. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) may be helpful for your child and sometimes helps children feel better in just a few sessions.
As a certified EMDR therapist, I combine EMDR with story-telling, art, movement, and dramatic play for younger children. Parents may be invited to participated in trauma work as this may increase felt-safety and attunement between parents and children, as well as provide children with a 'secure-base' when doing trauma processing.