EMDR Therapy with Children

When we look at the development process of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a method in psychotherapy; We see that it develops by incorporating many psychological elements that sprout through cognitive, biological, behavioral and psychodynamic approaches. Many studies and case studies have shown that the EMDR technique provides rapid and effective results in the treatment of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder following traumatic experiences.

EMDR ; In addition to emotional problems caused by disturbing life experiences such as war stress, harassment, natural disasters or traumatic events in childhood, phobia, performance anxiety, panic disorder, body image disorder, trauma symptoms in children, grief, chronic pain, abuse, rape and It combines elements of different well-known approaches used in the treatment of other problems, such as psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral and client-centered approaches.

In EMDR, it is aimed to reprocess the life experiences that the person has, which disturb the person emotionally or intellectually and thus prevent him from adapting to life. In the therapy process, the greatest effort with the EMDR method is to understand what the traumatic experience means for the person. After reaching the meaning of the traumatic memory in the person, reprocessing the memory and ensuring its harmony with other memories eliminates the psychological burden on the person by realizing the integration.

EMDR Therapy in Children and Adolescents

It can be difficult for children and adolescents to cope with the negative events they have experienced or witnessed, as in adults. When these negative life events cannot be processed, a new negative memory network is established by either avoiding or repeating a new event that will trigger the emotions, thoughts and bodily reactions one feels. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) technique is a psychotherapy used to overcome these negative memories. EMDR; It is a psychotherapy method that is used to heal the negative experiences that children have experienced, witnessed, experienced or told to the person they are attached to, and accompanying negative feelings and thoughts.

One of the joys of working with children is seeing the traumatic scars disappear quickly, knowing that the child is freed from years of suffering and will not resort to attempts to repeat abuse on other people in adulthood.

Strengthen Your Safe Attachment and Emotional Communication with Your Children with EMDR!

Attachment is the bond formed between the baby and the primary caregiver, and the primary attachment takes place with the mother. Attachment has an important place in the personality development of the child, especially in the 0-3 age period. Emotionally secure attachment of the child with the mother is necessary for psychosocial development. When a healthy attachment cannot be achieved, different emotional and behavioral problems arise in children in later ages.

By working on the negative parent-child relationship with EMDR therapy, expressing emotions and appropriate communication skills are developed. While applying EMDR therapy with children, both the child’s empathy with the parent is ensured and the parent’s resources are strengthened. While the internal resources of the children are enriched, the bond and trust between the parent and the child are also rearranged and the parent’s resources are strengthened.

Why is Mother-Child Bonding Valuable and Important?

When working with children, it is important to study the mother-child relationship and attachment. Attachment begins during pregnancy and a secure attachment has an antibody effect on trauma.

If children have a secure attachment to their mother, they develop similar positive beliefs such as “I can endure, I can cope, I can overcome, I will pass with time, I will be safe again” even if they experience bad events, and a protective measure is taken against trauma. Eye contact, visual exchange, eye-to-eye contact between mother and baby is very valuable for keeping our minds healthy.

Play Therapy and Remedial Methods

When children play, they reveal the richness of their inner world in a very natural way. It improves their freedom, rebellion, self-perception and relations with the social environment through games.

Healing methods such as play therapy with children are also used for EMDR therapy. We can have a good knowledge of family dynamics, communication skills, ways of expressing emotions and attachment characteristics by making use of facilitating and relaxing techniques such as using stories, drawing pictures, cartooning technique or Art therapy.

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