Do you or someone you love struggle with the impact of surviving a childhood trauma? Have you considered counseling for childhood trauma? If either of those statements are true for you, let’s walk through how counseling for childhood trauma could benefit you.
First, let’s start off with defining “childhood trauma”. Childhood trauma is a negative event or repeated exposure to a negative event that is found to be emotionally painful, which leads to overwhelming a person’s ability to cope. Some common examples include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, community violence, natural disasters, neglect, school violence, traumatic loss, and domestic violence.
Experiencing any of these types of stressors can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. The impact on one’s emotional health can include heightened feelings of anxiety, overwhelming sadness, helplessness, shame, hopelessness, and anger. Surviving a childhood trauma has also been linked to higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, relational conflict, PTSD, and suicide. The impact of trauma goes beyond the emotional and mental health components and can even have profound physical symptoms, such as sleep difficulties, lack of ability to regulate emotion, lowered immune function, obesity, and increased risk for various physical illnesses throughout adulthood.
If you can relate to any of what has been described, counseling for childhood trauma may be a great option for you. Our therapists at Tenfold Counseling Group start by creating a safe place for you to share this part of your story. We spend some time helping you unpack your experiences and begin to identify the lingering effects of your trauma. After walking through your history, we then begin to work on increasing your coping skills, which could incorporate mindfulness, various relaxation strategies, challenging distorted thought patterns, and identification of new truths and affirmations.
It is possible to overcome childhood trauma and thrive, despite the adversities and hardships you had to endure to get to this point. We know the risks of reaching out but we also know the outcome. It is absolutely life changing. Start your journey to freedom from childhood trauma with a free 15-minute consultation today.