If you find yourself struggling with psychological issues in adulthood, then you may wonder why your psychologist wants you to discuss your childhood. You may not understand what links these two periods of your life, particularly if you are associating stress or emotions with your current life, but at Trauma and Beyond Center, they know that childhood trauma can prevent you from feeling happy even when your current life should be positive. This is because our young lives affect our adulthood by providing the structure through which we view the world and our environment.
Constructing A Model Of Life
We often find that our clients struggle to interpret their environment positively. This is because as a child, they experienced trauma which affected the way that they view other people and their surroundings. We call this the child’s “working model” of the world, which codifies how the world views them, and how they should respond to situations. Dynamics between parents and children, or between one child and other groups of children, can have a long-term effect on mental health, and understanding that issue can start the process of recovery from psychological problems to childhood trauma.
Positive or Negative Interactions?
The key to understanding how the child shapes the world is knowing that they base their understanding of the environment on negative or positive interactions with others. The dynamics between children and caregivers, particularly where those interactions are anxious or boundaries are poorly defined, will mark the child for the rest of their life, and often give them emotional or psychological patterns to socialization, relationships and their ability to cope with distress or failure to succeed. By understanding how their parents interacted with them, we can show adults how to overcome their psychological problems and face their childhood demons.
Moving On To the Present
When psychotherapists uncover a history of childhood trauma, we start to focus upon that period in time, trying to shed some light upon the pattern of interaction which has led you to come to our center. They try to build trust between the therapist and you, as the client, and while this trust building may take time, it is worth it to confront these overwhelming emotions or fears, and address them. At Trauma and Beyond Center, they can help you to work through this process, and emerge from the other side as a more complete person so contact them now on (818) 351-3511.