Integrating Play Therapy and EMDR with Children is a reference book for clinicians who have been formally trained in both EMDR and Play therapy techniques. Creative and safe methods teach clinicians how to weave experiential play therapy and EMDR together for successful treatment philosophies and actions of play therapy and EMDR are reviewed and integrated so that the inherent polarized energies emerge in a compatible therapeutic balance.
This book is not intended to provide training in EMDR, per se, instead, various ideas for using EMDR with children are explored. Integrating Play Therapy and EMDR focuses on the use of traditional child-centered therapy for the post-language child whether they actually use language or not. Because so many children are initially resistant to EMDR this is a very useful tool to facilitate the maximum benefit for the child’s treatment experience.
About the Author
Victoria McGuinness is the founding director of A Children’s Therapy Place, P.C. and Eartheart For Kids, Inc. (Eartheart For Kids, Inc. is a developing program to disconnect children from their electronic world and reconnect children with the outdoors, nature, and their imaginative processes).
Victoria has been in the field of mental health for eighteen years. She has a private practice in Colorado Springs that specializes in the treatment of young children ages toddler through twelve – and their families. Victoria is a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor nationally and internationally. She holds national certifications in EMDR and Parenting. Victoria devotes much of her time and energy to the promotion, education, and utilization of experiential play therapy locally and notionally. She lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado, with her husband Gary, Buck – their dog, Gandolf and Merlin their cats, and has two grown children.