Psychologist Thinks Halle Berry's Daughter Should See A Therapist
November 29th, 2012 8:41am EST
Halle Berry's four-year-old daughter should see a therapist to deal with family tensions resulting from a fight between her father and her mother's fiance, according to one of Los Angeles' top child psychologists.
On Thanksgiving Day, the actress' ex Gabriel Aubry and fiance Olivier Martinez got into a fight over custody issues, and both men were hospitalized.
Berry's reps insist Nahla didn't witness the fight and has little knowledge of the legal war related to the actress' desire to relocate to Martinez's native France.
Child and family psychotherapist, Dr. Fran Walfish (the author of "The Self-Aware Parent"), told WENN, "The drama will have raised her anxiety. No doubt about that. Add to that, the police came in uniform with guns in holsters and made an arrest. This is a very scary and traumatic event for a young four-year-old child. Anxiety is a psychological term for fear.
"It is quite possible that the adults were screaming, angry and frightened, as well. Kids have laser-sharp radar into their parents' emotional states. The entire scene may have been fuelled for this child by the cues she picked up from her mom and dad.
"Nahla would benefit greatly from child therapy... Most parents forget that when a child's life becomes chaotic and filled with conflict the child feels angry...When a young child witnesses raw aggression, they have only two ways to go - they either become depressed or they identify with the aggressor and become a bully with acting-out behaviours.
"A sensitive well-trained therapist can help Nahla deal with these powerful emotions in a safe place outside of her family while developing a stable longterm relationship based on trust."
Meanwhile, Aubry has cleared up reports suggesting he and Berry were secretly married, explaining that the mention of the actress as his "ex-wife" in recent legal documents was a mistake.
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