When parents are Trauma Informed
they are better equipped to help their children heal


Trauma Informed Parent is an educational page offering information, resources and perspective for parents and caregivers of children, teens and young adults who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. The page is solely informational and intended to offer a forum for education and connection.


Book reviews, interviews, and other video content posted regularly.

What is a T.I.P?

At the age of 5, Lauren’s son survived a traumatizing car crash that left him both physically and emotionally scarred. Ten years later, Lauren finds her son continuing to grapple with the emotional residue. He is prone to severe anxiety, prolonged loss of concentration and depression. After a visit to the dentist for a minor toothache, Lauren’s son was sent home with a prescription for Vicodin, a powerful narcotic pain reliever with an extremely high risk for abuse. Lauren stepped in to inform the dentist of her son’s trauma history. Victims of trauma or adverse childhood experiences - particularly teenagers whose brains are not fully developed - are at high risk for substance abuse; a correlation too few medical professionals inquire about when prescribing painkillers. Lauren informed the dentist of her son’s history and asked that something less addictive or over the counter be offered instead. THIS IS BEING A TRAUMA INFORMED PARENT.


The Mayo Clinic defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.


“The single most important thing we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say, this is real, this is all of us.” – Dr. Nadine Burke Harris


A Healthy Brain is a product of both genetic and environmental influences. With a deeper appreciation of brain health, we can better understand trauma and how to prevent many of its causes.


“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.” – Dr. Bruce Perry

Suzy DeYoung

The moderator of Trauma Informed Parent, Suzy Hayman DeYoung, holds a Masters of Education in Parent and Child Development from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Suzy created Trauma Informed Parent in an effort to offer parents and caregivers of children who have endured trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) access to resources that were largely unavailable when her son, Cary suffered a traumatic accident in 2004. Cary's story is shared here:Remembering Cary.

Suzy began her career in television production working for a variety of programs including Ryan's Hope, Good Morning America, The CBS Morning Program and Live! Regis and Kathie Lee. Following the birth of her three children, Suzy went on to work as an early childhood teacher and also as a parenting coach.

Following the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., Suzy became involved in Newtown’s recovery efforts. Suzy served as Community Outreach Director for The Sandy Hook Promise; Care Coordinator for The Newtown Recovery & Resiliency Team; Founder and Director of the annual Newtown Yoga Festival and Director and Co-Host of The Avielle Foundation’s Brainstorm Experience: a monthly speaker series focused on mental health issues.

The Brainstorm Experience Speaker Series was created to offer residents of Newtown and Sandy Hook, CT. a vehicle through which to engage and learn more about issues pertaining to mental/brain health. Guest speakers included, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (“The Body Keeps the Score''), Brene Brown, Jane Pauley (Living with Bi-Polar), Dan Harris (Meditation), Andrew Solomon (''Far From the Tree''), Ta-Nehisi Coates (''Between the World and Me”) and California’s former surgeon general, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

Suzy is a regular contributor to the online parenting forum, Grown & Flown and her first book, “A Gift of Hindsight: Reflections on Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned from Seasoned Parents and Parenting Experts,” was published in 2019.

Presently, Suzy works as a researcher for bestselling author Andrew Solomon.

Catherine Galda

Our newest team member, Catherine Galda, is a psychotherapist and trauma specialist, with a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and over 25 years experience as a private practitioner and community recovery leader for traumatized communities and individuals. While Catherine continues to practice privately in her community providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families impacted by trauma, she also heads up trauma-informed care initiatives, community crisis response teams and programmatic development for mental health care. She has worked directly and consulted with communities impacted by trauma including Newtown, CT, Orlando, Fl. and Uvalde, TX. Catherine is also a renowned public speaker having lectured on; “Coping with Tragedy and Grief: Companioning in the Wake of Crisis (Sandy HookSchool Shootings);” “Journey with Teens Through Grief and Loss;” and “Pursuing Peace: Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in a Secular World.”


Interviewing ABC News journalist and bestselling author of "10% Happier" Dan Harris
Interviewing bestselling author of "Broken Open" Elizabeth Lesser
Interviewing bestselling author of "Between the World and Me" Ta-Nehisi Coates
With yoga teacher and activist Seane Corne: Newtown Yoga Festival
With Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch: Newtown Yoga Festival
Interviewing the Director of Somatic Experiencing Dr. Peter Levine
Interviewing the former Surgeon General of California Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Interviewing the founder of the Life is Good Playmakers Foundation Steve Gross
Interviewing the host of "CBS Sunday Morning" Jane Pauley
Interviewing bestselling author of "The Gift of Failure" Jessica Lahey
Interviewing TV commentator and author Sally Kohn
Interviewing bestselling author of "Cracked not Broken" Kevin Hines
Interviewing bestselling author and lecturer Brene Brown
Co-hosting The Brainstorm Experience, Newtown, CT.
Interviewing bestselling author of "Far From the Tree" Andrew Solomon
Interviewing bestselling author of "The Body Keeps the Score" Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
With Dr. Bruce Perry author of "The Boy who was Raised as a Dog": International Neurosequential Model Symposium, Banff, Canada.

Caring for Emotionally Dysregulated Youth: Free Live Webinar.

Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00pm EST via Zoom. Led by Suzy DeYoung MSEdu. and Catherine Galda LCSW.

What you can expect to gain from the webinar:

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on emotional dysregulation in youth.
  • The challenges of loving someone with emotional dysregulation and what happens when it seems like nothing works.
  • How parents and caregivers can help
  • How we and other professionals can help
  • Resources and support

If you would like to participate in the webinar please click on the link below to add your email. The zoom link will then be emailed to you in advance. The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend live.

For more detail on the webinar and to meet the team who will be leading it, please take a moment to watch this video: