At Be and Belong Counseling, our clinicians use EMDR to address trauma symptoms in both young children and adults. When working with children ages 2-12, we use an integrative approach combining art, play, and sand into the EMDR protocol. The clinicians at Be and Belong hav been implementing EMDR in their therapeutic work for a combined eight years, having found success using this modality with hundreds of clients.
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful, evidence-based treatment method to heal psychological trauma, negative thought patterns, and somatic symptoms of distress. EMDR may alleviate symptoms more rapidly as compared to other forms of therapy. According to the EMDRIA website:
“EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the (traumatic) event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.”
The beautiful things about EMDR, is it can be used across the lifespan and within both individuals and dyads to strengthen attachment and heal relational wounds. EMDR processing is not appropriate for every client and will be used at the discretion of the assigned therapist. For more information, please visit www.emdria.org.