EMDR And Psychotherapy: A Literature Review

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that is child friendly. “From a basic office setting for working with children, it is helpful to have floor space and a large tablet and drawing tools like crayons or markers” (Adler-Tapia, 2008, p. 39). The authors are pointing out that when working with children it is important to have a room that is kid friendly. In addition, having a room that allows a child to be creative is important to the therapeutic process. Some therapist might have a hard time doing EMDR on children because they have to go from being nondirective to directive. “…integrating EMDR into psychotherapy with children may feel uncomfortable because the therapist is no longer an observer but directs the course of therapy” (Adler-Tapia, 2008, p. 318). The authors are mentioning …show more content…
The studies that have been done on EMDR and children have shown to be effective and showing that children have been just effective as adults. “Furthermore, based on the findings of the study, Rubin strongly urged that more studies need to be conducted in order to examine effectiveness and efficacy of EMDR” (Greyber, Dulmus, & Cristalli, 2012, p. 413). The authors are pointing out that there needs to be more studies done to prove that EMDR actually works. Even though EMDR is an evidence based therapy the authors mentioned that is not enough when it comes to EMDR. When it comes to children and EMDR it seems to have a positive outcome. “Currently, EMDR with children has the foundation for a promising practice, and with additional studies, EMDR with children can become recognized as evidence-based practice” (Adler-Tapia, 2008, p. 18). Adler-Tapia and Settle (2008) are arguing that when it comes to children and EMDR there is not enough research out there to make it an evidence based practice. They are also pointing out that children and EMDR does not have as much research as EMDR and adults do. EMDR allows traumatized children to process through their trauma to have a happier childhood and develop techniques that can eventually help them throughout life. “The ultimate goal of using EMDR with children is to change the trajectory of children’s lives in order that children’s futures are healthier and happier” (Adler-Tapia, 2008, p. 319). The authors are pointing out that the main goal of EMDR for a child is to give him or her a healthier and happier life. Moreover, if the child is able to process their trauma then it also improves their development as they get

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