Scary things happen, and sometimes those scary things are hard to forget. Sometimes it may seem that the memories get bigger and stronger the harder you try to leave them behind.
"Trauma" is more than just a scary or awful thing that happened. Trauma is what continues to happen long after the terrible thing occurred, so much so that it's like that traumatic event continues to torment you. What's more, traumatic events not only affect adults, they also affect young children, even children as young as infants, toddlers, or preschoolers. That's why it is so important to seek out help to talk (and play!) about and process through those scary events.
If you or your child are having the following difficulties after going through a distressing event, it might be a good idea to seek out support:
nightmares, having difficulty sleeping
racing thoughts about a traumatic event
going through the motions of everyday life
your child playing the same thing over and over again, usually about something upsetting
Your child being more clingy, prolonged crying when separated from you, crying more easily
Your child becoming angry more easily, seeming more irritable and defiant
At Connect Nurture, we specialize in helping you find the light when it feels like there is little hope. We help you understand how you, your children, and even the rest of your family can go on living your life now that it has changed. We do this through individual and dyadic (parent-and-child-together) therapy that follows your lead. And we don't expect you to just talk so that you can "get over it"; we help you identify what it is that is bothering you and incorporate play, art, meditation, and education about how your body and mind are reacting. We help you feel whole again.