When a child has experienced relational trauma, they can feel surrounded by many frightening ghosts. Processing painful experiences and moving on from the past can take a lot of time and support.
Have patience to help them explore their fear and sadness – build their emotional resources and trust in your relationship. Nurture confidence that they can find comfort with you, have adventures, and find joy in the world. Leave the haunted house and build a castle to live in together, full of light, opportunity, and hope.