Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has been used for decades in the treatment of various traumas including post traumatic stress disorder. The therapy, first developed by American Psychologist Francine Shapiro, uses bilateral stimulation to help patients dealing with negative thoughts and behaviors resulting from unprocessed memories.
EMDR and play therapy have been utilized by therapists in conjunction with foster and adoptive children to help process early childhood traumas that they have experienced. In the case of pre-cognitive trauma, like being removed from a birth mother, these types of approaches can offer break throughs that may not be accessible thru traditional talk therapies.
This week on the Mama’s Well Podcast, Host Tara Hutton is joined by Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephanie Walsh, to discuss her experience in the counseling room with EMDR and play therapy to help children process their trauma.
Don’t miss this informative conversation!