Developmental trauma is a term that is used to describe early, repeated relational traumas and losses that are experienced in the context of significant relationships usually early on in life. There can be a number of developmental vulnerabilities as a result of these risk factors. The level and severity is determined by what the child experienced, when they experienced it and whether there was anyone around supporting them, i.e. their relational health. We also know that what is also important is WHO is around NOW in order to provide the relational buffering needed.
We will support you to trace back the child’s lived experiences from a child’s perspective and work out what might be helpful for us all to be doing in order to support the child or young person into recovery. We will do this by supporting the child to feel safe, soothed and seen in order to learn security. At TouchBase we use an integrative, relational approach of dyadic developmental psychotherapy, parenting and practice, Theraplay® and different sensory interventions .
We follow the neurosequential model as recommended by Dr Bruce Perry. This will help the child or young person to function well at home, school and in their wider communities.