What is Childhood Trauma?

Some children go through one or many experiences that classify as psychological trauma, these might include neglect, abandonment, sexual abuse, and physical abuse.

Childhood trauma can shape detrimental thought-processes and behaviors for years to come. In our adolescent years we seek the support, love and approval of parental figures. When these emotional needs aren’t met, children may learn to create a version of themselves that suppresses actions or thoughts they believe may prohibit them from desired affection, losing their true inner self. This false self can carry over into adulthood and manifest itself in many ways.

Symptoms of Childhood Trauma

Experiencing abuse/neglect during the formidable younger years can manifest into:

  • Relationship barriers

  • Difficulty regulating emotions

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide and self-harm

  • At-risk behavior of alcohol misuse and drugs

  • Develop critical interior voice

  • Imitate abusive tendencies

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How we treat Childhood Trauma

Adults who were impacted by physical or mental abuse in their younger years can greatly benefit from the powerful outcomes of EMDR Therapy to process the trauma and heal.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and psychotherapy can help restore a sense of control.  It’ll also help to understand the feelings and behaviors one is experiencing, and help change the way one thinks about abuse or neglect.

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