We have all felt a sense of elation after accomplishing a goal, or disappointment when obstacles have stood in the way. It is common to feel this surge of emotions; however, many struggle to feel safe or secure enough to express these emotions. Now imagine being a young child who has not yet learned how to speak. How would you express that surge of emotions?
EARLY CHILDHOOD (0-5)
If you are a parent who is currently struggling, or has struggled to thrive, you may observe these traits in relationship to your young child. Most young children struggle to communicate and express the impact that this has on their biological, psychological and social development. This is normal.
As adults, the onus is ours to improve listening and communication skills to relate to young children in a way that promotes their health, safety, and well-being. There is no right or wrong way to raise a child. Every parent hopes to raise a child who thrives in life.
Unfortunately, no one is perfect. Illness, death, separation, disasters, war, crime and abuse are an inextricable aspect of living. How you and your child live with and respond to these aspects is critical to your health and well-being. It is never too late to seek support for you and your child or family.
In session, you and your child (the parent-child dyad) will learn how to communicate and express your needs in relation to one another. When setbacks occur, the dyad will learn to see these as a natural evolution in the quality of the relationship--similar to growing pains. Attaining a balance between challenging and successful moments will ultimately lead the dyad to a state of thriving irrespective of the inextricable aspects of living. That is, anyone can and deserves to thrive in life regardless of their circumstances. Early childhood (0-5) psychotherapeutic services can help.
Drs. Robert F. Anda (CDC) and Vincent J. Felitti (Kaiser Permanente) have conducted ground-breaking research in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. Their findings are extremely controversial as they have proven that a childhood riddled with adverse events results in a variety of ailments in later years if left untreated. Please click on either of the links below to learn more.
Dr. Edward Tronick (University of Massachusetts, Boston) has also demonstrated the delicate social-emotional world of the infant in "the still face experiment." Watch the video below to learn more.