EMDR therapy with children with complex trauma


Advances in neuroscience have impacted how we conduct EMDR treatment with children with developmentally impaired regulatory systems, deep attachment injuries and psychobiological responses such as hyperarousal and dissociation. These children come with numerous deficits and unmet needs as well as rigid defenses and trauma related phobias. As a result, EMDR treatment with this population is not just about symptom reduction, but instead about promoting integration, resetting neural networks involved in homeostatic responses, challenging and expanding their window of tolerance, meeting unmet needs, executing empowering actions and reclaiming dissociated material, among others. This presentation will provide an overview of the intricacies, innovations and new frontiers in research, theory and the clinical application of EMDR therapy with children with complex trauma.






Ana Gomez

Original Work Citation

Gomez, A. (2017, August). EMDR therapy with children with complex trauma. Plenary presented at the 22nd EMDR International Association Conference, Bellevue, WA



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