Arvada Child Therapy
EMDR Therapy for Children and Caregivers
Maia Longenecker, LCSW specializes in EMDR therapy with children and their caregivers. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a type of mental heath therapy designed to activate the natural healing process in the brain through alternating eye movements, taps or sounds.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an evidence based therapy for treating trauma/stress reaction to adverse life events. EMDR has been around for 30 years and is well researched. EMDR can be used to treat child traumatic stress. It can reduce symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), anxiety and depression. It is helpful in reducing behaviors related to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder). It can also be used to increase confidence in children and reducing fears (dogs, the dark, dentist, flying etc.)
In a free phone consultation I will help to assess if EMDR therapy would be a good fit.
Therapy may help your child to:
- Improve their confidence.
- Decrease nightmares.
- Increase ability to manage fears and worries.
- Improve behaviors at school and home.
- Strengthen relationships.
- Change their negative self-perceptions to positive perceptions.
EMDR may be helpful for caregivers:
- If the caregiver experienced the same adverse life event as the child and is experiencing negative symptoms.
- If the child’s behaviors are triggers for the caregiver and the caregiver is struggling to react in the way they would like to respond.
Free phone consultation