Working with Children
and Young People
I am guessing that if you are looking at this page you might be wondering what CBT is and how it can help you...
First thing to say is CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. ‘Cognitive’ is fancy word for our thoughts, ‘Behaviour’ is pretty straight forward, this is our actions and ‘Therapy’ is the framework we use to help you.
CBT can help with many different difficulties. Some of these include worries that you might have, friendship difficulties or if your emotions feel super tricky inside, to name a few. CBT can help you to make sense of this and help you feel in control again.
One thing to explain is your thoughts can actually be your superpower. They have an amazing ability to help shape how you feel and how you behave. However, sometimes our thoughts can get a little muddled and tricky, we can then develop worries or feelings of sadness that can affect how we handle situations.
Let me give you an example...
Imagine you have a test at school coming up. If you have the thought ‘I won’t pass this exam’ then it might cause you to worry / overwhelmed (feeling) and you might then avoid study because it feels too overwheliming (behaviour / action).
CBT can help you understand these traps and try new ideas to help us break these cycles.
What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. That's not the most catchy of titles, right? EMDR is like a special tool that helps our brains process tricky things and helps us to feel better.
Picture your brain as a super cool library filled with lots of books. Each book has stories and memories, and sometimes, some stories can make us feel a bit tricky. EMDR is like a librarian that helps organize those stories and make them feel better.
Now, here comes the fun part – the magic eye movements! Just like a wizard with a wand, EMDR uses eye movements to help our brains process tough memories. It's like playing a game with your eyes while talking to me.
How Does it Work?
We spend time talking about some of the tricky memories that might be upsetting for you.
We then use eye movements, or tapping to start to organise the tough memories, and to turn down the volume of those tricky feelings.
Why EMDR is Super Awesome
No Talking Needed: EMDR is perfect if you don’t want to talk, as we use the tapping or eye movement without the need to say too much.
It can help you turn down the volume of those difficult feelings and create a space to feel more powerful and strong.
EMDR can help you whether you are a really young, a teenager or an adult. It can help your brain feel super strong.
With the power of eye movements, you can turn tough memories into stories of strength and courage.