• Shawnee Thornton Hardy

Effects of Complex Trauma in Childhood



According to The National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network, Childhood Trauma can have a significant impact on all areas of a child's brain and development. Childhood Trauma impacts a childs'...


  • Attachment and relationships with others

  • Physical Health & Development

  • Cognitive Functioning

  • Behavioral Responses & Self-Regulation

  • Connection to Body and Emotions (Interoception)

  • Self-Concept & Self-Esteem

  • Future Health & Well-being


“When a child grows up afraid or under constant or extreme stress, the immune system and body’s stress response systems may not develop normally. Later on, when the child or adult is exposed to even ordinary levels of stress, these systems may automatically respond as if the individual is under extreme stress."

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