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Books and Publications

EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation

Springer Publishing

This is the first book to provide a wide range of leading-edge, inventive, tangible, step-by-step strategies for clinicians working with children with severe dysregulation of the affective system using EMDR therapy and adjunct approaches. This book offers developmentally appropriate advanced tools for using EMDR therapy with children with complex trauma, attachment wounds, dissociative tendencies and compromised social engagement. This book is written with the goal in mind of offering a “step-by-step” and a “how-to” approach for clinicians working with children with complex trauma. Throughout the book, the eight phases of EMDR therapy are thoroughly explored, offering a rich and wide variety of techniques and strategies that are clear, tangible, concrete, and creative for difficult-to-treat children. A unique and innovative feature of this book is the masterful use of strategies from other therapeutic approaches into a comprehensive EMDR treatment such as: Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), Theraplay and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy.  Experts from each of these approaches greatly contributed in co-authoring these chapters: 

  • Emily Jernberg, PhD, co-authored the chapter on EMDR Therapy and Theraplay.
  • Pamela Krause, LCSW, co-authored the chapter on EMDR Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
  • Pat Ogden, PhD, co-authored the chapter on EMDR Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP).
  • In addition, Fran Waters, LMSW, DCSW, LMFT, authored a wonderful chapter on “Assessing and Diagnosing Dissociation in Children.” 
"This volume is a welcome and excellent resource for all clinicians who work with severely traumatized children".
Francine Shapiro, PhD
Founder, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs
“This new book fills an important gap for providing detailed instruction on how to use developmentally-appropriate EMDR techniques with children. Ms. Gomez is one of the most experienced clinicians and trainers on using EMDR with youth of nearly all ages. She has produced a long-awaited and much-needed resource for clinicians wanting to adapt EMDR for their pediatric populations. This book is filled with clear and concise instructions on following the EMDR philosophy mixed with pearls of wisdom from her years of practice.” Michael S. Scheeringa, MD, MPH Remigio Gonzalez Professor of Child Psychiatry Tulane University
Michael S. Scheeringa, MD, MPH
Tulane University
Remigio González Professor of Child Psychiatry
"Over the past 15 years, Ms. Gomez has developed highly original and brilliant interventions for working with these very difficult to treat children. This book will be an enormous great gift to our field." Dr. Susan Coates, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Dr. Susan Coates, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment, and Dissociation, is a brilliant addition to the available literature on treating severely distressed children. In addition to a superb distillation of the Adaptive Information Processing model, she teaches us how, with the gentle modifications needed with attachment disorders and dissociation, we can stay loyal to the EMDR Protocol as the basis of creating profound change in children. She also took on the immense additional challenge of co-authoring articles with leaders of three other therapies, on the integration of EMDR with each therapy. These chapters provide us with excellent introductions to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Theraplay, and Internal Family Systems and their use with children, as well as illustrating how each strengthens EMDR treatment. I heartily recommend Ana Gomez’s workshops and her books as superb ways to ground and deepen your work with children.
Farnsworth E. Lobenstine, LICSW
EMDR Institute and EMDR HAP Facilitator
EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Dark, Bad Day...Go Away: A book for children about trauma and EMDR Therapy- Second Edition


Dark, Bad Day...Go Away is the first hard cover, illustrated book for children that motivates, prepares and guides children to use EMDR therapy. It is now available in Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. 

Dark, Bad Day...Go Away is a storybook for EMDR trained clinicians that:

  • Explains trauma and EMDR therapy in terms children (and adults) can understand.
  • Motivates children to embrace trauma using EMDR therapy.
  • Prepares children for EMDR trauma reprocessing so the likelihood of children ending EMDR therapy prematurely is reduced.
  • Makes EMDR therapy accessible to children by showing what EMDR therapy is, how it works, and how it can be helpful.

The second edition of the Dark, Bad Day..Go Away has changes such as:

  • The inclusion of the butterfly hug and the EMDR puppet team.
  • Text changes that convey the notion of intergation and the "brain sorting things out" during EMDR processing.
  • REM sleep cycle. 





Thoughts Kit for Kids- Author: Ana M Gomez

When using EMDR therapy with children, two of the greatest challenges for clinicians are assisting children in identifying the negative and positive cognitions as well as obtaining the validity of the positive cognition (VoC). The Thoughts Kit for Kids is designed to aid clinicians in following EMDR therapy procedural steps and protocols.

The Thoughts Kit for Kids consists of four sets of cards. Two sets are for young children and the other two for young adolescents. Each set contains child-appropriate positive and negative cognitions along with a VOC scale with which children can play and interact. In addition, The Thought Kit for Kids contains a 16- page booklet with specific EMDR therapy games and protocols than can be used with the cards.

The Thoughts Kit for Kids can help clinicians by:

  • Helping children develop cognitive and emotional awareness and literacy.
  • Making the process of identifying negative and positive cognitions easier for children during EMDR treatment.
  • Facilitating the use of the VOC scale for children.
  • Assisting youngsters in selecting potential targets for EMDR therapy.

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Gomez, A. M. (in press). EMDR Therapy with Children: A Playful
           Journey Towards Integration and Healing.  In P. Clements
           & S. Seedat (EDs). Mental Health Issues of Child 
           Maltreatment. Saint Louis: STM Learning, Inc.

Gomez, A. M.(. 2009). Using Olfactory Stimulation with Children to Cue the Safe
           or Happy Place. In Luber, M. (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and
          Reprocessing (EMDR): Scripted Protocols Special Populations. New York
          Springer Co.

Gomez, A.M. (2009). Using Olfactory Stimulation with Children to Cue Resource
           Development and Installation (RDI). In Luber, M. (Ed.), Eye Movement
           Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Scripted Protocols Special
           Populations. New York: Springer Co.



Gomez, A.M. & Shapiro, F. (2013). EMDR Therapy With Children: Journey Into
               Wholeness.  Child & Family Professional Journal.

Gómez, A. M. (2012). Healing the Caregiving System: Working with Parents within a
             Comprehensive EMDR Treatment.  Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, 6,

Let's Have a Visit With Our Feelings


This book was written with a vision of assisting children who struggle with adversity and are unable to embrace their emotions. An important part of living a healthy emotional life is the ability to feel and accept our feelings. If hardship has occurred, being able to tolerate, mindfully observe, and hold with compassion the feelings associated with such adverse events will be an essential aspect of healing.
The process of accepting emotions should be gradual and progressive. Many traumatized children present with trauma-related phobias and may have a strong fear and a phobia of the emotions associated with the experiences of adversity and hardship. This book is designed to help children and their helpers (parents, teachers, and therapists) have a friendly road for embracing emotions. As children become more comfortable with their own emotional states and we expand their window of affect tolerance, it is then that healing can take place. Children should learn that emotions are not their enemies; instead, they are their allies, guides, and messengers. I hope you and the children you read this book with find it enjoyable, fun, and helpful.