Therapy for  Children
Play Therapy and EMDR

 

 

Lyn works with children from 3 years of age. She uses play therapy to help children articulate what they need to work on and then treat what they are strugggling with. As a Family Therapist she works closely with the parent(s) and family and often does sessions that include other family members.

She also has specialized training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for children and has successfully used EMDR with many children who are experiencing a wide variety of  difficulties.

EMDR is a method that is highly effective. When therapy is completed the child no longer suffers with the symptoms or acts out with negative behaviors. EMDR can be used to reprocess disturbing events and experiences, trauma,abuse, victimization (bullying), grief, attachment disorders, post-adoption problems, panic disorder, phobias, anxiety, depression, school/test and sports performance issues, and many other difficulties.

Many children that Lyn treats have PTSD (post-traumtic stress disorder),anxiety, depression, fears, obsessive thinking, or school phobias. Using EMDR, she has been highly successful in alleviating these difficulties, resulting in children being able to stop or reduce medications.

With EMDR for younger children Lyn adheres to the principles of EMDR but uses various play and sand-tray approaches.

She also uses age appropriate EMDR Workbooks, props and puppets in the various phases of EMDR and uses simplifed ways  of accessing the level of completion in reprocessing of disturbing experiences,

In preparation for EMDR, Lyn works with children with the Savvy about Feelings Program that she developed and has presented at international conferences.

Goals for the Savvy About Feelings Program for Kids

  • Help develop a Vocabulary of Feelings
  • Help kids differentiate thoughts from feelings
  • Help kids interpret visual cues for emotions in others
  • Identify, raise awareness of their own feelings, express and name them
  • Link feelings with situations, experiences, and events in daily life or in the therapy room
  • Enable ease in developing the EMDR Worksheet which outlines the scope of EMDR work.