Allowing oneself to experience painful feelings.
For a child this is often the hardest part of therapy.
The trauma brings up unwanted memories and feelings. Bringing it to the surface means your child may “relive” the event as if it is happening now.
It can be physically and emotionally painful to confront such an upsetting experience.
Your child may experience physical symptoms such as hot or cold sweats, headaches, and muscle tenseness. Emotionally, the memories may flood them with emotions of guilt and shame about the past, depression and anxiety related to the traumatic event, or new stress-provoking activities.
Small steps are triumphant, even if things feel worse before they get better.
Confronting trauma improves self-esteem.
When your child embraces new thinking patterns and manages their symptoms, they restore a sense of pride.
When we move past the guilt, your child recognizes they had no control over the past situations.
But they do now. They realize they are in command and the past cannot dictate their future feelings and actions.
I will help your child cultivate strengths and use them to disempower the thoughts and feelings that keep them stuck in the past.
With a clear and in-control mind, they’ll be able to return to activities they once avoided. They will also gain greater satisfaction and a new feeling of purpose.
Want to know where to start?
In our work together, we will uncover what is missing from your child’s life, what’s holding them back in worry and despair, and what are the ways we can help them move toward a place of happiness and fulfillment.
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