What does EMDR do for kids? 

When tough things happen, our minds, bodies, and hearts can feel all mixed up with yucky thoughts and feelings. It's like carrying a big heavy backpack full of that stuff. But guess what? EMDR can help make that backpack lighter or even make it disappear, so we have more space for good thoughts and happy feelings!

Sometimes our brains get shocked by bad things and have trouble making sense of them. This can make it hard for our brains to do their job properly. So, things that people say or do, or things we see, hear, smell, or touch can bring back those mixed up thoughts, feelings, and body sensations connected to the bad stuff. But with EMDR, our brain can put all the pieces together. The bad stuff can leave us, and we can keep the good things or the lessons we learned to help us become stronger.

During EMDR, the therapist will ask us to think about the yucky stuff while doing back and forth movements. There are lots of fun ways to do this! We can move our eyes, tap with our hands, march our feet, or listen to sounds in a special pattern. These movements light up both sides of our brain and body, helping us get unstuck and drop some of that yucky stuff.

Why should we keep carrying all that bad stuff in our minds, hearts, and bodies when we can be free to enjoy all the fun, good, and exciting things around us? Hop on the EMDR bus route and let's make it happen! Say goodbye to that heavy backpack and hello to a brighter, happier you!

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is part of approved psychotherapy treatment for children and is supported by clinical research. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and is used within the NHS.

I am a  fully qualified EMDR specialist who has completed Level 1 and in Advanced Level 2 training with Child Trauma Therapy Centre.

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