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  • 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!

    For Kids:

    Sometimes things happen to kids that make them feel bad or yucky inside. Kids can have mixed-up thoughts and feelings that get in the way of playing, learning and getting along with others. EMDR is something grown-ups call Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is a big way of saying that your eyes move back and forth or you hold on to little tappers that vibrate gently while Sarah helps to sort that yucky stuff out.

    Sarah is an EMDR helper and will teach you how to do EMDR and we will try to make it fun! We can draw, use puppets and move around to help your body, mind and heart to know that things are OK now and you are OK, too!