Many teens experience acute or chronic trauma, and others experience symptoms in their teens of trauma that occurred in childhood. Trauma can be associated with any event that threatens injury, death, or the physical integrity of self or others and also causes horror, terror, or helplessness at the time it occurs. Teens may be less likely than children to openly share traumatic experiences with parents or friends, making it more difficult to promptly recognize and treat their trauma. And symptoms of trauma can contribute to problems within family communication and relationships. Parents may not understand the cause of trauma-related behaviors in their teens, or may feel “locked out” from discussing the trauma.
Our menu of services for trauma includes EMDR, a powerful technique for accessing and processing past traumatic events, bringing those events to a healthy resolution. Few practices include a certified EMDR practitioner, but our own Kim Brownell, LCSW, is certified to provide this effective treatment option.