We know though the advancements in trauma research that people who have been traumatized have extreme difficulties with expressing emotions and with emotional control. As a result people with trauma history sometime unwittingly give signal to others that are quite disturbing. The following is a great example of how we help the children and families we work with express emotions as well as manage strong emotions when they are better prepared to express them.
Feeling monster is just one example of creative play therapy interventions, where kids and families get to make the feeling monsters out of tissue boxes and provided art materials. After creating the monster, they can use it to contain strong feelings. Members of the family write a feeling down if it gets too strong to express appropriately and feed it to the feeling monster. During the weekly sessions, they get to pull out some of those strong feelings and process them when their brains are calm and more equipped to cope with the feeling.