What is childhood trauma?

15 Sep
Katherine Wheeler, MA, LCPC, EMDR-T

Originally posted on Virtual Therapy Clinic℠

Childhood is often depicted as a stress-free period in life, full of playfulness, fantasy, and exploration. In-between those times or maybe in the absence of those times, exposure to traumatic events can elicit feelings of fear, danger, or shame. Processing those emotions is difficult enough for an adult; processing these feelings as a child easily overwhelms our ability to cope. This is childhood trauma.

There are long term implications of traumatic childhood experiences, but many struggle with identifying, “What counts as a trauma?”. The following is a closer look at defining childhood trauma to understand how specific events may cause some of the post-traumatic symptoms you are dealing with in your day-to-day life.

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Katherine Wheeler

Katherine is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Illinois with Chicago Counseling and Virtual Therapy Clinic. She is seasoned in working with clients of all ages including individuals, children, couples, and families.

She specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She is known for helping her clients work though periods of high stress, breaking bad habits, improving relationships, and overall self-improvement.

Katherine can meet with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your life goals.


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