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The American Psychological Association (APA) defines “trauma” as a person’s emotional response to an extremely negative or difficult event. In other words, it’s not necessarily the event that defines trauma, it’s how one responds to it. Using this definition, your child might respond to an event that you perceive as insignificant; for example, they might be having a really hard time with their fish dying and you might not define that as traumatic. Other examples of trauma can include: divorce, loss of a significant person, abuse, witnessing abuse, bullying, moving homes/schools, etc. If you think your child is responding to a traumatic event, our therapists use creative interventions to support them through the event and managing emotions related to it.

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Meet Kellie Cathey, LSW

Trauma comes in all different shapes and sizes and children are much more perceptive and vulnerable than we know. Even if something doesn't feel like a trauma, depending on your child's temperament and ability to cope, they may have experienced it as one.  Knowing your child's response to trauma is important in understanding how to help them cope with it.

Children who experience something as traumatic may begin acting out behaviorally, having an increase in tantrums or feelings of helplessness, regress inward towards depression or anxiety, or become  completely disconnected from life.  Often times, children with trauma disconnect from the parts of themselves who experienced it.

In my work with your child, I help them identify the parts of them that they may feel disconnected from.  With love and compassion, I help your child integrate these parts back into who they are to find wholeness and inner strength.  In our family work, we work together to help you understand your child's trauma response and how to help them heal from the pain of the trauma.



I am a therapist and licensed social worker. I specialize in working with children and teens that are struggling to feel confident in their own skin and have trouble fitting in with peers. I have a passion for working with children and teens that are socially isolated, shy, and have low self-esteem. Empowering them to shine as the amazing person they are is a central part of the work we will do together.