PTSD Counseling for Kids and Teens

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Being a kid in this day and age can be tough. Experiencing a trauma or being sexually abused as a child or adolescent can make it feel downright impossible. For parents and kids alike, trauma and the many, many ways it impacts kids can feel like a nightmare.

Your lives have exploded since everything happened. Your child doesn’t know how to handle the feelings. You, as a parent, don’t know how to help. Sometimes it can even seem that everything you do makes it worse.


Signs A Kid Might Need PTSD Help


Kids who have been through a trauma often either “act in” or “act out”. Sometimes, they swing back and forth between the two.

Acting “In” looks like…

  • staying in their room all the time
  • Symptoms of PTSD in Kids: Acting Inmoping around
  • thoughts of hurting themselves, death, or running away
  • shutting down
  • “I don’t want to talk about it!”
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Frequent tummy aches or other illnesses
  • School refusal
  • Failing in school
  • Sleep problems
  • Losing interest in activities they’ve always loved
  • hygiene problems
  • hours and hours online
  • perfectionism

Acting out looks like…

  • Slamming doors and tantrums
  • Problems with peers
  • Cutting and self-harmSymptoms of PTSD in Kids: Acting Out
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Bullying
  • Sexual acting out
  • Aggression
  • School behavior problems
  • Drugs/alcohol
  • Disobedience
  • Hitting/fighting
  • Suicide attempts
  • Running away


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We know. The list goes on and on. Traumas like domestic violence, physical abuse, and sexual abuse can truly be devastating to kids and teens.

The good news is there is help. Our counselors know how to relate to kids. We earn their trust and use age-appropriate activities like art, play, and movement to help them learn to calm down and express themselves. Good trauma counseling can help your child to have the bright future you have always wanted for them.


How Does PTSD or Sexual Abuse Counseling Help?


At Hope For The Journey, we use state-of-the-art techniques such as EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help them heal. And we know how important you as a parent are in their healing, so we have plenty of supports for parents, too.

We meet your child where they are at and help them learn to grow into the fantastic kid you know they are.

Many parents (and kids, too) worry that what happened has ruined their lives. We know that events can happen that truly disrupt everything. But your child is in charge of deciding how their life turns out. No person and no event can take that from them if they have the right tools for healing.

With our help, your child can learn to manage his or her emotions. He or she can understand what happened and that it was not their fault. Kids are so resilient. Our clinicians give them the tools they need to overcome the affects of trauma and take charge of their lives.

PTSD Help for Kids


Does PTSD Last Forever?


Traumas like domestic violence and sexual abuse do not have to be a lifelong sentence. In fact, PTSD therapy can teach kids how to tap into strengths you never thought possible. The earlier the intervention, the better.

One thing that sets us apart is our focus on resiliency. Resiliency is the ability to rise up after life has knocked you down. When you know how to build resiliency after a traumatic experience, you take that grit with you through the rest of your life. In the end, you can be better prepared to handle whatever comes.

Before we end services, we sit down with you and your child to develop a plan for expected “triggers” in the future. While we cannot plan for everything, we can develop a flexible plan that can be applied in most, if not all, situations. In this way, your child actually becomes stronger through their trauma.


Our specialized team of experts for PTSD  Counseling are located just north of Austin, Texas.


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1101 Satellite View #501
Round Rock, TX 78665

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