Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based therapy approach for treating young children (0-6) who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, loss of a parent, or separation from a parent or primary caregiver. This approach is unique in that it involves working heavily with the parent (or primary caregiver) to recognize symptoms of trauma and attachment disruption and understand how to respond to it in an age-appropriate way.
Trauma in young children often does not look the way parents expect it to look. Symptoms of trauma may include:
- Big emotions
- Severe tantrums
It can be challenging to know how to support and respond to young children, because they often can’t tell us what’s wrong. A young child typically won’t say that they are scared – they will hit or scream or throw their toys. They may show us what happened to them by recreating it in play. A therapist who is trained in working with children in this age group can help you make sense of your child’s behavior and provide the support they need.
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