Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma With EMDR by Joan LovettSmall Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma With EMDR by Joan Lovett

Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma With EMDR

byJoan Lovett

Paperback | October 26, 2007

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Childhood can be an exciting time, full of joyous exploration, new skills, friends, and imaginative play. It can also be very frightening, especially when children have experiences that threaten their feelings of safety and well-being. Even common traumatic childhood events can deeply affect children's normal healthy development, their self-esteem, and their families. Many behavioral problems stemming from common traumatic events could require years of psychotherapy or medication. That is, they did -- until the advent of EMDR. Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, EMDR had already helped thousands of adult clients when Joan Lovett experienced its healing power firsthand.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that helps patients release disturbing thoughts and emotions that originate in traumatic experiences. Experiences can be traumatic in the commonly accepted sense -- abuse, disasters, violence -- but children may also perceive and respond to more ordinary events as very threatening. A playground accident, the loss of a loved one, school problems, or choking on a piece of popcorn can be a part of growing up. They can also be critical incidents that cause a child to view him- or herself as helpless or powerless, to become fearful, and to develop debilitating behavioral problems.
In Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma with EMDR, Joan Lovett, M.D., shares engaging clinical stories -- mysteries involving children who present her with puzzling and disturbing behaviors. She imaginatively focuses her knowledge of pediatrics, play therapy, and EMDR to alleviate the real-life ordeals of real-life children.
Featuring a foreword by Francine Shapiro, Small Wonders is the most comprehensive and insightful book to explore the potential of EMDR for child therapy. This enlightening book is intended for parents who are concerned with having their children feel confident, for adults who want insights into the way the events of their childhood shaped their self-image, and for professionals who want to know more about EMDR and how it can be adapted to meet the special needs of traumatized children.
Joan Lovett, M.D., is a behavioral pediatrician in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area. A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Lovett trained in pediatrics at Montreal Children's Hospital/McGill University and Stanford University School of Medicine. She is an EM...
Title:Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma With EMDRFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 26, 2007Publisher:Free PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.
1. "Why Am I Afraid of the Sound of Carrots Crunching?"
2. How I Began Using EMDR with Children
3. Who's Afraid of a Toilet?: Critical-Incident Trauma
4. "I Get Real Nervous": A Car Accident
5. "I Have to Get Them Out!": Head Lice
6. "What If? What If?": Converging Stresses
7. "Wasitz?": Cascades of Trauma
8. "I'll Love You Forever": Unresolved Grieving
9. Never-Ending Love Is Round: Complex, Unresolved Grieving
10. "I Can't Swallow It": Not Simply a Critical Incident
11. "I Can't Move": Somatic Symptoms
12. Too Scared to Think: Test-Taking Anxiety
13. "We Did Something Wrong": Secret Coercion, Sexual Mistreatment
14. Monsters Come Out at Night: Sleep Disorders
APPENDIX 1. Questions Frequently Asked About EMDR
APPENDIX 2. For Parents: What to Expect When Your Child Does EMDR
APPENDIX 3. Guidelines for Writing a Story for Your Child
APPENDIX 4. Guidelines for Clinicians: Using Storytelling and EMDR to Treat Young Children for Critical-Incident Trauma
APPENDIX 5. EMDR Resources

Editorial Reviews

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. author of Transforming Trauma: EMDR and EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children Small Wonders touched me deeply with Dr. Lovett's heartwarming stories of creatively using EMDR to heal traumatized children. As well as being an important contribution to the field of child psychology, this intelligent book is a must-read for parents, therapists, physicians, teachers, and anyone who works with children.