EMDR with Kids


  • Have you noticed your child behaving negatively, becoming withdrawn or not being themselves after a death, a negative experience, an accident or other trauma?
  • Does your adopted child seem to carry trauma from the time before your adoption?
  • Is your child having nightmares?
  • Has your child been bullied?
  • Is your child plagued by fears or worries?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, you child may be a candidate for EMDR therapy.

EMDR is a psychotherapeutic approach, which is extremely helpful in resolving trauma or bad experiences. It does not have to be a large trauma for EMDR to be useful and EMDR can also be used to help build a child’s self esteem. For more information about the therapy of EMDR, see EMDR with Adults. Because EMDR is rapidly effective with children, therapy costs may be reduced. My work with children is exclusively in the EMDR model. This means the therapy is usually short term. Most children like the model and use it very effectively. For a thorough description of my EMDR work with children, please download my EMDR with KIDS brochure.

I have over 9 years of experience working with children, as a child and family therapist. Play may be part of the EMDR work I do with children, but I am not a “play therapist”. Attachment issues may be what we are working on, but I have not been trained as an “attachment therapist”. For children whose needs for therapy are long term, I refer to other child clinicians, who work in different modalities. Other child clinicians can refer their clients to me for a short-term EMDR intervention. In such cases, the referring therapist remains the child’s primary therapist. For clinicians seeking more information about the EMDR work, please see my brochure, EMDR With KIDS. Inspired by the work of Bob Tinker, PhD, who has been using EMDR with children since the early 1990’s, I have a passion to help children with this tool. In dealing with your child’s negative experience close to the time of its origin, any effective resolution of the negative impact will allow him/her to get back onto the normal developmental track as soon as possible, without having to carry wounds or scars into adulthood.