An Introduction to Using EMDR & Play Therapy


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In this video interview, Carrie provides an introduction to Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and how it can be used throughout the 8 stages of treatment in combination with play therapy techniques.  Carrie explains how children respond differently to EMDR techniques and modifications that play therapists and other clinicians can make to make EMDR more play-based. 


1. Understand the theory of EMDR and how it can be used within a play therapy settting

2). Explain the 8 stages of EMDR and how/when to incorporate play therapy at each stage

3). Provide examples of ways to use relaxation and resource development techniques in a play therapy setting

4) Explain how to use EMDR with play therapy with very young children

5.  Describe ways that EMDR can be used for issues not related to trauma including test anxiety and performance enhancement. 

SPEAKER BIO - Carrie Carr

Carrie is dedicated to the art of well-balanced psychotherapy. She is a certified EMDR clinician and consultant with over 10 years of experience with EMDR Therapy. She is an active member of the ACA, APA, ICA, EMDRIA, IMHCA, and is a Gottman trained couples clinician. She is currently a member of the EMDRIA board, involved with the Chicago EMDRIA regional group, and speaks frequently for the Illinois Mental Health Counseling Association (IMHCA) annual conferences as well as PESI, Inc.

Carrie has more than 17 years of clinical experience in community mental health centers, hospitals, and private practice, Carrie can provide you and your family with a wealth of experience and perspective. In 2004, she founded the Hope Enrichment Center with the mission to guide people towards their highest potential and health in order to promote a positive impact on the world. She has spoken around the country on the topics of mindfulness, EMDR, and the treatment of anxiety disorders and trauma. Carrie has also acted as adjunct faculty at Lewis University and Triton College in the area of psychology.

Carrie is an innovative therapist and development coach that employs innovative and efficacious forms of psychotherapy treatments to ensure that her clients achieve optimal well-being. She possesses a multifaceted holistic approach to allow each individual to achieve their therapeutic, professional and personal goals. Her mission is to lead people towards their ideal self within a respectful and compassionate therapeutic relationship.



 1 Hour Non-Contact Credit Is Available For This Course With The Purchase Of The All Access Pass

(All Access Pass Purchase Offer Comes Immediately After Summit Registration!)

20 Total Hours of Credit Available As Part of the All Access Pass.  See terms here. 

**Play Therapy credit will not be awarded to non-mental health professionals**

Summit Founder and Hostess:  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S

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Jennifer has nearly 20 years experience working with children and families.  She is currently licensed in Florida, Tennessee, and Hawaii.  She is EMDR Trained and TF-CBT Certified.  

She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis and has presented at multiple national conferences.  Jennifer provides play therapy case consultation, supervision and training (APT Approved Provider 12-331).  

Oh, and she also has three children under the age of 4 and a pretty fantastic husband!