Childhood exposure in Australia to adverse childhood events such as abuse, neglect, poverty, death, witnessing violence, a parent with physical or mental ill-health is not uncommon. Around one in five Australia children have experienced three or more of these stressors while growing up. If you had a rough childhood, without support, you are more likely to experience poor physical and mental health as an adult.
You may find evidence-based trauma-informed therapies helpful for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), complex trauma (C-PTSD), dissociation, dissociative identity disorder (DID) and psychosis including :
- EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for reducing distress associated with traumatic memories.
- Trauma-informed ACT – building grounding skills, psychological flexibility in response to trauma triggers.
- Trauma-informed CFT – utilising compassion for self and others to helpfully self-soothe in response to threat, shame and self-criticism.