Parents who are distant or intrusive cause their children considerable distress and children react to this by building defensive attachment strategies, says Kim Barthel. Photo: Alamy

Childhood trauma is a complex beast – but understanding it can help you deal with scars of the past

  • Developmental trauma is a term used to describe childhood trauma such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse and exposure to violence
  • Occupational therapist Kim Barthel is good at unpacking it, deciphering complex theories and translating them into practical advice
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Parents who are distant or intrusive cause their children considerable distress and children react to this by building defensive attachment strategies, says Kim Barthel. Photo: Alamy
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