What is childhood trauma?
Our emotional stability and coping abilities are developed as children. Support provided by family and friends help us grow into well-adjusted adults. But unfortunately, this isn’t always what happens. Sometimes experiences of childhood trauma leave us ill-equipped to deal with our emotions and relationships as adults.
Childhood trauma is when a child experiences an emotionally distressing or painful event. Events like this can have a lasting impact on children in mental and emotional terms.
Children often don’t understand the experiences they go through and the impact they have emotionally. Whether our experiences growing up are positive or negative, they are normal to us. This means they inform our behaviour as adults.
Going through negative events as we grow up can impact our emotional stability, behaviours and coping skills later in life. This can lead to a situation where we are ill-equipped to deal with emotional difficulties or maintain healthy relationships. It can cause many struggles in our day-to-day lives.
How can counselling and psychotherapy help?
Counselling and psychotherapy can enable people to work through childhood experiences which may affect them as adults. It offers a safe, compassionate and confidential environment where unresolved childhood trauma can be talked about openly.
This can help us move beyond issues from our past and allow us to overcome struggles in our adult lives. Counsellors can help you develop the skills needed to be emotionally healthy so you can move forward in life.
Need help working through childhood trauma?
At the Ford Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre , our professionally trained therapists offer counselling and psychotherapy for childhood trauma. If you are struggling as an adult because of your childhood experiences, we are here to listen and help you learn how to cope with your issues in a positive way.