Child therapy

Childhood trauma

Childhood trauma can occur when a child witnesses or experiences overwhelming negative experiences in childhood.


Many childhood experiences can overwhelm a child. This can happen in relationships e.g. abuse, neglect, violence.


Children can also experience traumatic events. These include accidents, natural disasters, war and civil unrest, medical procedures or the sudden loss of a parent/caregiver.


Trauma can also caused from something done to a child such as:


• sexual, physical or emotional abuse at home or elsewhere


• witnessing or experiencing violence in family or home


• witnessing or experience violence in community e.g. civil unrest or war, refugee or asylum seeker trauma


Childhood trauma in the simplest forms that we can often times over look, can still affect us and it chips away at our stability and sense of self, undermining our self-worth and often staying with us into our adulthood years. It can cause us to experience feelings of shame and guilt, feeling disconnected and unable to relate to others, trouble controlling emotions, heightened anxiety and depression, anger.


CHILDHOOD - The very word draws up images of innocence, joy, optimism and wonder.


Childhood is a time of security - being protected and loved. Having stability in knowing you are protected by your family allows you to form solid and safe relationships later in life. This is the ideal definition and experience of childhood. However, the reality of many children experiences and the effect on the rest of their lives is in stark contrast to this idealized expectation.