As a parent, whose child is struggling with anxiety or unsettled following trauma, it can be difficult to know what to do.
Maybe, following a distressing incident, your child has experienced flashbacks or intrusive memories, maybe you are aware of emotional or behavioural changes. Some children and adolescents experience anxiety or hopelessness, leaving parents unsure where to turn for help.
Maybe someone has suggested EMDR to you, whatever has made you consider EMDR therapy for your child it’s likely you have questions. Let me tell you a little more about it.
EMDR therapy for children
What is EMDR?
EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy, a practice which has been shown to help people of all ages to manage negative thoughts and emotions.
How does EMDR work?
By working with the therapist to follow rapid eye movements, a person can find negative emotions and memories loose some of their impact. The therapist will direct the persons eye movements while they also recall traumatic memories – the movements are similar to those experienced in sleep – this reprocesses the memories making them less intense or traumatic.
When is EMDR useful?
The practice of EMDR has been shown to help people – including children and adolescents – following traumatic incidents (particularly PTSD), as well as through depression, anxiety or overwhelm.
For younger children with anxiety or other emotional concerns, EMDR has been shown to be particularly effective as the child is under less pressure to vocalise their worries.
When adolescents are struggling with anxiety, particularly exam performance anxiety, EMDR has – again – been seen to provide real benefits.
Finding treatment for my child
It’s important the therapist you find for your child is properly trained and is the right person to work with – for both you and your child. I understand that this is a difficult decision to make and I’d like to talk you through your concerns.
If you’d like to find out more about EMDR therapy in Northampton, I’d be happy to help.
Find out if EMDR can help you and your family, get in touch.