Has Your Child Experienced A Traumatic Event?
The longer we live, the more inevitable it is that we will experience trauma. Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. A World Mental Health survey conducted by the World Health Organization found that at least a third of the more than 125,000 people surveyed in 26 different countries had experienced trauma.
Therapy Solutions in Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND employs Mental Health Therapists who are trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). This is a type of psychotherapy approach used for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.
Symptoms of Trauma
- altered sleep patterns
- changes in appetite
- gastrointestinal problems
Is Trauma Therapy Right For My Child?
According to Child Welfare Information Gateway TF-CBT is appropriate for children and adolescents (ages 3–18) who remember being exposed to at least one trauma (e.g., child maltreatment, community violence, traumatic loss of a loved one) and who experience the following:
- PTSD symptoms
- Elevated levels of depression, anxiety, shame, or other dysfunctional abuse-related feelings, thoughts, or developing beliefs
- Trauma-related behavioral problems, including age-inappropriate sexual behaviors
If you know that your child has experienced any of the above, or is exhibiting PTSD symptoms, it may be time to look into bringing them to Therapy Solutions for a consultation.
What Should I Expect With Trauma Therapy?
The Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapist Certification Program states that TF-CBT effectively addresses many forms of trauma, including but not limited to youth post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) symptoms, depression, anxiety, cognitive and behavioral problems. Trauma therapy can also help with parent or caregiver stress regarding the child’s experience as well, and teach them how to best support the child during therapy.
This model of therapy typically lasts between 12-16 sessions and assists children and parents in learning new skills to help process thoughts and feelings. It also helps manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to traumatic life events and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills and family communication.
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