Carizon’s Trauma Treatment Services provide a variety of therapeutic interventions designed to help children and youth (ages 5 – 18) and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events, such as child physical or sexual abuse, traumatic loss of a loved one, domestic, school or community violence, or exposure to serious accidents or disasters. The interventions also address issues commonly experienced by children impacted by trauma, such as low self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, mood instability, difficulties coping in school, anxiety and self-injurious behaviour.
Experienced trauma therapists help children find verbal and non-verbal ways to tell the story of their traumatic experiences in a supportive environment where they can become less fearful, less avoidant and better able to tolerate trauma related thoughts and feelings. They provide children with a variety of tools and strategies to feel safe and manage stressful situations, and to increase their resilience. Parents are active participants in the treatment, and are assisted in exploring their own thoughts and feelings about their child’s traumatic experience. They also learn effective skills to support and parent their children who have experienced trauma and learn how to provide optimal support to their children as they heal from trauma, increase their resilience and establish a sense of safety and security in the world.