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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