Child & Youth Stress and Trauma

Children and youth that have been involved in a traumatic situations can sometimes left unable to cope with what just happened. A loss of a close loved one, such as a parent or grandparent, a difficult divorce, natural disasters, and other traumas can all have a tremendous impact on that child’s mental health and overall well-being.

Children and youth  often do not know how to deal with these stressors, so they cope in other ways and may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Nightmares
  • Overwhelming fears of things that are normally not seen as scary
  • Lack of appetite
  • Regressing to a younger, or infantile state
  • Lack of concentration
  • Trouble performing in school
  • False sense of bravado

How we can help

Getting to the root of the issue is the first step in helping your child work through the stressors and traumatic situations they have experienced. Depending on the age of the child, play therapy or art therapy may be recommended.

An evaluation by one of the licensed therapists at Insight Psychological will be done to determine the best types of therapy for your child. Please call Insight Psychological today. We have offices in four locations for your convenience: Calgary, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, and Edmonton.