Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Children and Adolescents
What Is EMDR?
EMDR is an empirically-based treatment for trauma and stressful life experiences. EMDR can help with the "Big T" trauma such as violence, a car accident, or the death of a loved one. It can also help with "Little T" trauma, which, for children, could be having been teased at school, seeing something scary on tv, or moving to a new home. EMDR is used for a multitude of issues including anxiety, depression, phobias, and sleep disturbances. In addition to helping the brain digest "the yucky stuff", EMDR can help to increase strengths and resources. More information can be found on the EMDRIA website.
EMDR with Children and Adolescents
I use EMDR with children and adolescents in a way that is playful and developmentally appropriate. My clients are empowered to use the stop sign so that they can be in control of their therapy. Play therapy, art therapy, the sandtray, and mindfulness are used in conjunction.
I am currently working toward becoming a Certified EMDR Therapist. I obtain professional consultation from EMDR consultants who specialize in work with children and adolescents..
San Diego, CA 92108
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." -Fred Rogers
Laura Christofferson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist LCS26576