EMDR for Children
For Parents: If your child has experienced one or multiple upsetting/confusing or scary events, that might be affecting how they feel day-to-day, how they act, and how they cope with their feelings. They may experience changed beliefs about themselves, others or the world such as: I am bad. I’m not safe. I can’t handle it. When kids believe these things, they may act out in anger, feel anxious or depressed, have bad dreams about the event(s) or act in ways that just isn’t like them. Sometimes this happens with accidents, medical traumas, bullying, abuse or neglect.
EMDR can help kids to process through these feelings, thoughts and sensations and engage more with positive beliefs about themselves, such as:
I am safe! I am good! I can handle it!
EMDR is safe for most kids. It is an 8 phase protocol that helps kids process upsetting events from the past, present and also anything they might worry about or encounter in the future.
EMDR can also successfully be used for anxieties or fears like: test anxiety, phobias, performance anxiety, etc.
We go at their pace and we try to make it engaging by using play!