Using EMDR therapy for clients with autistic spectrum disorders


People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) enter into the mental health services with a range of psychological needs. It is common to have experienced dif culty with trauma, bullying, depression and anxiety. The rigidity of thinking patterns can sometimes make other types of psychological therapy dif cult to grasp. We know that EMDR can be helpful for trauma, depression and anxiety. With some modi cation to the protocol it can equally be helpful for people with ASD. Within the workshop we will review the common areas of dif culty for this client, re ecting upon why modi cation is necessary to the protocol. Consideration will then be given to each phase of the protocol to identify potential modi cations to aid the client to engage and process with EMDR.






Caroline Fuidge

Original Work Citation

Fuidge, C. (2017, March). Using EMDR therapy for clients with autistic spectrum disorders. Presentation (Mike O’Connor, Chair) at the 15th EMDR Association UK & Ireland Annual Conference & AGM, London, UK



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