How to help your child heal from trauma

Jeanne Segal, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on what they can do to help their child heal from trauma following a traumatic event or experience
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How to help your child heal from trauma

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We help our children heal from the trauma that is a lot of stress by helping them to feel safer, to feel more comfortable. And the way we do that, is to pay attention to their nonverbal cues, to really watch these children from a position, from eyeballs that are emphatic. When we look at our children and try to understand the world from their point of view, we begin to make the world safer. When they see that we are interested in not only what they're doing but how they feel about what they're doing, and how they feel about life, and how they feel about this side and the other, and that we are not judging them but we just really want to understand. That goes a long way to give, to help the child feel safe, feel known, feel understood, and feel accepted. These are the things that bring nervous system back into balance because a balanced nervous system feels safe, feels just right. And we're helping a child to get back to that "just right" feeling, is what we're doing by paying attention to them in this way.

Jeanne Segal, PhD Psychologist & Author, shares advice for parents on what they can do to help their child heal from trauma following a traumatic event or experience

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Jeanne Segal, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Jeanne Segal is a mother and grandmother with an MA degree in psychology and PhD in sociology. She is an author whose books have been translated into 13 languages. Dr. Segal is the developer and content editor of Helpguide.org, a nonprofit website that helps people help themselves. Helpguide attracts over 1 million viewers a week and collaborates with the publishing arm of Harvard Medical School. One of the topics covered on the Helpguide.org website that is dearest to her heart is infant mental health.

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