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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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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. 




Stories and Storytellers:The Thinking Mind, the Heart, and the Body

This book is especially designed for mental health professionals trained in EMDR therapy to use with the children they treat. This book has been written to help children with histories of trauma and adversity better understand why they think, feel, and somatically respond to the present the way they do. This book offers a non-judgmental approach to understanding the legacy and symptoms that result from trauma. In addition, this book offers a way to address children’s tendencies toward avoidance, resistance, and reluctance to embrace the memories of hardship. Children and adolescents with complex-developmental trauma had to adapt and survive; as a result, they present with a number of mechanisms of adaptation such as dissociation, avoidance, pleasing and control, as well as many others. Considering that EMDR clinicians have the challenge of encouraging children to access such memories, issues related to the “phobia of the trauma” (van der Hart, 2006) and the fear of the fear are likely to arise.

Moreover, children have the great challenge of accessing early memories encoded as their brains were just starting to develop higher cognitive capacities. These memories exist procedurally in form of sensations and motor patterns which makes it difficult for children to understand, explore and process them.  This book uses child-friendly language to explain such implicit memories and direct the child’s attention to access them.

Children may be reluctant to exploring emotions and feelings because they may have not developed enough affect tolerance or because they have a phobia of their emotional states. The use of the language of stories is fresh, new, and non-judgmental in nature and takes a non-pathologizing approach. Children learn that underneath anxiety, anger or depression to mention some, there is a story waiting to have a voice, to be heard, to be seen, to be discovered, to be revealed in, to be explored, and ultimately to be sorted out and healed.


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.

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