Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We specialize in helping children and adults heal from trauma.
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Has Your Child Experienced Trauma?
- Death of a loved one
- Domestic Violence
- Physical &/or Sexual Abuse
- Medical Trauma
- Substance Abuse in the home
- Sudden absence of a primary attachment figure (parent)
- Car Accident
- Witness of Violent Act
Your child is NOT alone. Nearly half of all children and adolescents have experienced some type of trauma.
Getting Help is Crucial
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) is a longitudinal study, looking at the impact of traumatic stress. Results show a connection between adverse childhood experiences and the following long-term effects:
The Younger the Child, The Greater the Impact
People often incorrectly assume that young children aren’t as harmed by trauma and aren’t as impacted by loss. In the past, professionals ignored the baby that was “sleeping” in another room while a domestic violence incident occurred in another room. Professionals also assumed that children who experienced something scary would simply “grow out of it.”
However, the opposite is true. The brain research demonstrates that the younger a child is, the greater that child will be impacted by traumatic stress.
There is Hope. There is Help.
Fortunately, children do have the ability to adapt and heal. While we do not want to assume children will do this on their own, treatment builds upon their resiliency and can allow for healthy healing to occur.
At BPC, we use a blend of Play Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Theraplay, Sand Tray, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Model.
What is EMDR Therapy?
One of the most powerful and well-researched therapies used to treat trauma and its lasting effects is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – also known as EMDR. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological and emotional trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy in a verily short period of time that once took years to make a difference.**
EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Model: Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children
Children who have suffered from parental neglect, abuse, loss, medical problems that interfered with the parent-child bonds, or distressing circumstances such as domestic violence or parental psychiatric or substance abuse problems often exhibit behavioral symptoms such as food and elimination problems, aggression and meltdowns, defiance, lying, and stealing.
The integrative family therapy and EMDR therapy model provides an effective and efficient method for treating children with severe behaviors and a history of attachment disruptions and/or other traumatic events. Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and family therapy are integrated through specific steps.
Integrating Family Therapy and EMDR has Proven to:
- Help parents learn to respond with effective trauma-informed strategies
- Strengthen the security of the parent-child attachment relationship
- Improves children’s behaviors and emotional regulation
- Decrease reactivity related to traumatic memories and current triggers.
To learn more about this approach please visit The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska.
If you believe you can benefit from this therapy, or if you have questions, please contact our office.