Counselor’s Corner on Alliance in Telehealth

Counselor’s Corner on Alliance in Telehealth

In the Counselor’s Corner column, EMDR therapists respond to the question “How do you create a sense of connection via telehealth in a high stress situation?” Contributors include Reg Morrow Robinson, Ed.S., LMFT, LMHC EMDRIA Virtual Basic Trainer & R-TEP/G-TEP Trainer, Approved Consultant, Scarlett Williams, LPC, and Susan Goodell, MA, MS, MFT EMDRIA Certified & Consultant EMDR/HAP Facilitator.

This question and responses originally appeared in the Central Forum online community. The answers have been edited and condensed for clarity and space. To view the entire discussion, members can visit www.emdria.org/emdria-community.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers

Go With That Magazine™️ Summer 2022

The teenage years might be the worst possible time for parents and caregivers. Add to the mix a challenging teenager who needs counseling or therapy. And if that isn’t enough stress on everyone involved, top it with a global pandemic, mass school shootings, and other trauma teenagers have endured. How do EMDR therapists handle these challenging teens? What about EMDR therapy and teenagers who have autism? Does adolescent research about EMDR therapy offer any help? Find out how EMDR therapists can bridge the gap. This issue offers tips, real-world examples, and research from experienced EMDR therapists who work with adolescents.

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EMDR Therapy for Challenging Teenagers

EMDR Therapy for Challenging Teenagers

Most therapists agree that teenagers can be among the most challenging clients we see in our therapy practice, and to have a positive treatment outcome, we need engagement and retention. Many teen clients are not interested in connecting to a strange adult, let alone doing something even stranger like EMDR. This population may refuse to attend sessions, give short answers when they do attend, swear at parents and therapists, and storm out of the room when they hear things they don’t like.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Annie Monaco, LCSW-R, RPT and Nicole E. Wolasz, LCSW-R.


An open access version of this article is available at EMDRIA’s Focal Point blog published September 9, 2022. 

 


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Using EMDR to Help Teens with School Refusal Behavior after the Pandemic

Using EMDR to Help Teens with School Refusal Behavior after the Pandemic

There have been many challenges facing adolescent clients during the pandemic. This has been a time of upheaval, isolation, loneliness, and languishing. Teens rapidly went from in-person school to online school, missing many significant landmark moments in their lives like proms, graduations, sports, and club activities. This social isolation has affected many students academically and socially, leading to a decline in self-esteem and self-confidence with increased teen anxiety and depression diagnoses.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Carolyn Settle, MSW, LCSW.

 


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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing for Adolescents with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A rapid review of randomized control trials

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing for Adolescents with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A rapid review of randomized control trials

Adolescence is one of the most complex and dynamic periods of human development. Neurobiologically, adolescents, compared to pre-adolescents, experience changes in dopamine and oxytocin systems resulting in behavioral changes in sensation and risk-seeking. Physical growth spurts and sexual maturation (puberty) occur. Cognitively, adolescents become more abstract in their thinking; their emotions may intensify, and socially, they orient more toward their peers than primary caregivers as they develop independence and a changing sense of identity (Nakkula & Toshalis, 2020). Despite studies looking at trauma-related brain changes in young children, there is a paucity of information on the implications of trauma occurring in adolescence and its consequences for later life (Dun et al. 2017). As such, traumatic events which impact brain biology in adolescents require special consideration alongside the implications of treatment for adolescents.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Professor Ian Barron and Susan Darker-Smith.

 


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10 Things about EMDR and Autism

10 Things about EMDR and Autism

It is an exciting fact that therapists worldwide are using eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) with individuals diagnosed with autism or ASD. Many of them are teenagers. EMDR can and has helped this population in many ways.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Sherri Paulson, LCSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant.

 


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Bridging the Gap to Belonging

Bridging the Gap to Belonging

Teenagers are my favorite developmental group of folks to work with. The particular ones I have been honored to sit with teaching me how much they are paying attention to adults. To the gaps between the sales pitch, adults make the rules to determine value and power and the practice of how adults behave. The gaps are filled with hypocrisy, incongruence, and confusion about what adults promise and promote and what teens are reporting to experience with adults. The brave teens I work with come in with bodies full of silenced stories of harm, shame, trauma, and oppression. Some of these teenagers have carried these untold stories in their bodies for so long they are struggling with sleep, focus, energy, and self-worth.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️ by Vanessa M. Sanford.

 


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BIPOC Perspective on EMDR with Teenagers

BIPOC Perspective on EMDR with Teenagers

In the BIPOC Perspective column in the Summer 2022 issue of Go With That Magazine™️, EMDR therapists respond to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture/race was deeply meaningful as a resource and/or as a challenge in using EMDR with Teenagers?” Contributors include Liliana Baylon, LMFT-S, RPT-S Bilingual & Bicultural Therapist; Ava M. Hart, LCSW, IMH-E and Renata S. Huewitt, LPC, RPT, EMDR Certified Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training.

Learn more in this article from the Summer 2022 issue EMDR Therapy and Challenging Teenagers of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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