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What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a dynamic technique to help individuals manage stress and traumatic events. It has commonly been used among adults who often repress or disassociate from negative memories. Did you know it can also be used with children? Even at a young age, children may experience events that leave them feeling unpleasant and confused. They might continue to carry these feelings with them like baggage until they figure out how to make them smaller or eliminate them completely and find space for happier thoughts. EMDR can help your child do this.

How does it work?

EMDR helps kids to think about uncomfortable things that happened to them in the past.  Through eye movements, tapping, listening to sounds, and other creative strategies, children release the negative thoughts and emotions that have weighed them down.  Then they can process this information more healthily and replace it with more positive thoughts and emotions.

Who can benefit from EMDR?

Children struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma can especially benefit from this life-changing method.  You might be amazed at how quickly your child will be able to sort through negative memories, thoughts, and feelings and discover how to handle them in a better way.  This can be such a relief for you and your child.  You will witness them moving away from the past to connect more to positive things in their lives. EMDR is a way forward to help kids get unstuck and discover how to feel free and happy again. If you are looking for a way to free your child from adverse memories and experiences, contact a therapist specializing in EMDR today.