Therapy for Trauma-Related Disorders in Children and Teens in Denver, CO

Traumatic experiences can have a lasting impact on children and teens, affecting their ability to grow and develop in healthy ways. At our child and family therapy practice near Denver, CO, we offer specialized treatment for children and teens dealing with trauma-related disorders.

What Are Trauma-Related Disorders?

Trauma-related disorders refer to a variety of mental health conditions that can develop as a result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. These disorders can manifest in several different ways, including:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Adjustment disorders

Trauma-related disorders can be caused by various events such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; natural disasters; accidents; or witnessing violence.

The Signs of Trauma-Related Disorders in Children and Teens

It’s important to know that children and teens can develop mental health disorders as a result of trauma. Look for these signs of trauma-related disorders in children and teens:

Changes in behavior, mood, or sleep: If you notice consistent changes in sleep patterns or your child is acting differently than normal on a regular basis, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.

Aggression or self-injury: When children and teens become aggressive or start to harm themselves, it’s a red flag that something is wrong. Even if it isn’t trauma-related, it could be a sign of something else.

Eating disorder: Eating disorders could include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, eating things that are not food (pica), restrictive food intake, and other harmful eating patterns. Trauma is often the source of eating disorders in young people.

Trouble focusing and paying attention at school: Falling behind in class could point to a bigger issue than a simple lack of enthusiasm for school.  Make sure you check in on your child’s progress in school and try to speak to them about their day as much as you can.

Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed: If your child or teen stops doing a hobby or activity that they once enjoyed, it could be the start of a trauma-related disorder.

How Do You Treat Trauma-Related Disorders?

Our child therapists provide a range of treatment options for trauma-related disorders. We understand that every child’s experience is unique, and we tailor our treatments to meet the individual needs of each child.

Our therapy sessions are designed to help children work through their traumatic experiences, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and build their resiliency. We use a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy to address the underlying issues of trauma-related disorders.

We also work with parents and caregivers to provide support and guidance to help you understand your child’s needs and how you can better support your child’s recovery. We believe that a collaborative approach between the therapist, child, and family is key to a successful treatment outcome.

Contact Decade2Connect If You Think Your Child Is Dealing with Trauma

Our experienced team of therapists is ready to help your child work through issues and obstacles related to their traumatic experience. We offer a supportive, safe environment where kids and teens can feel heard and understood. Contact our therapy practice today — we’d be happy to answer your questions.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is in-network with United!