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Dark, Bad Day...Go Away is the first hard cover, illustrated book for children that motivates, prepares and guides children to use EMDR. It is now available in Portuguese and Spanish. The Spanish version will soon be available for purchase.
Dark, Bad Day...Go Away is a storybook for EMDR trained clinicians.
Dark, Bad Day...Go Away:
- Explains trauma and EMDR in terms children can understand.
- Motivates children to embrace trauma using EMDR.
- Prepares children for EMDR trauma reprocessing so the likelihood of children stopping EMDR prematurely is reduced.
- Makes EMDR accessible to children by showing what EMDR is, how it works, and how it can be helpful.
"Dark, Bad, Day...Go Away! is a lovely little story about two little dogs who have experienced some kind of traumatic experience. They are going through all sorts of awful emotions ranging from anxiety to self blame. The book never goes into detail of what the awful thing that happened was, but it does explain the way the brain deals (or doesn't deal) with trauma in an easy to understand way. It then goes on to explain EMDR therapy and what the child might experience if he or she under goes the treatment. This is a wonderful book for child therapists who make use of this therapy technique. It can spur discussion and reduce confusion and worry about starting a new course of therapy. It helps parents understand too! Great little book. I highly recommend it."
Adams County Trauma Adoption Examiner
About the Author
Ana M Gomez, MC, LPC was born in Colombia (South America) and she is a psychotherapist, author, lecturer and researcher in Phoenix, Arizona. She works with children and families affected by trauma. Ana speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of trauma, attachment, dissociation and the use of EMDR with children and adolescents. Ana has served as a practicum supervisor at the Educational Psychology Department at Northern Arizona University. She has been a presenter in several occasions at the EMDRIA conference and she was an invited preconference speaker at the 2008 EMDRIA conference. Ana is an EMDRIA approved consultant. She is a facilitator for the EMDR Institute, a specialty presenter on EMDR with children and an EMDR-HAP trainer. Ana is the author of ”Dark, Bad Day...Go Away", a book for children about trauma and EMDR. In addition, Ana is the creator of “The Thoughts Kit for Kids” which is part of a series of games and tools designed to make EMDR treatment developmentally appropriate for children. In addition, Ana has written two EMDR protocols for children that are included in the book “EMDR Scripted Protocols: Special Populations” Edited by Dr. Marilyn Luber. Ana is currently conducting a research study on the effectiveness of EMDR with children and adolescents experiencing depression.
In addition to helping children and adolescents Ana also specializes in working with adults dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, complex PTSD, grief and loss.