How A Caregivers Trauma Can Impact on A Child's Development.

Often I talk about Relational Trauma and about how a person is shaped psychologically in relationships is directly affected by their parents and caregivers. Here is a great graphic I found that was created by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. This is how they explain it:

“When someone experiences trauma, its physical and emotional effects can sometimes impact their children – and this can begin in utero.

You see, during times of stress, the body releases cortisol – and as you know, that’s one of the ways our body helps us cope with physically or emotionally difficult situations.

But when trauma elevates cortisol to unhealthy levels, it can have an epigenetic impact – not only on the client, but on their children as well”.

So how can this happen?

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This is where Couple Therapy and Individual work in Psychotherapy can help because the best thing to help treat trauma created in relationships is with positive relationships with a psychotherapist or your partner.

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— Harville Hendrix

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