ChildSavers client looking out to Overlook at clinic during outpatient therapy session

How a child dealt with trauma: Eric’s Story

Five-year-old Eric witnessed teenaged boys break into his house and violently assault his mother. Eric was understandably traumatized by this event and believed that he needed to “get big so I can beat up other people and save my mom!”

Eric had difficulty expressing his fears and emotions to our Immediate Response program clinician, who arrived to work with him at the scene. However, once engaged in trauma treatment therapy at ChildSavers, Eric responded well through art and play therapy. He was eventually able to talk about the experience, regain a sense of safety, and dispel his feelings of anger. “The police came and helped me,” he later said to his clinician, “…and then you came and we colored and then I was safe.”

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