EMDR with Children in the Play Therapy Room: An Integrated Approach

This pioneering guidebook fully integrates the theoretical foundations and practical applications of play therapy and EMDR in order to maximize healing in in children with trauma. By highlighting the work of innovative EMDR therapists and play and expressive art therapists and their pioneering clinical work, the authors provide a fully integrated approach to using EMDR in a play therapy context while being faithful to both play therapy principles and the 8 phases of the EMDR standard protocol.

Now available for pre-order!

Annie Monaco, LCSWR, RPT-S

I am a Licensed Clinical Master Level Social Worker (LCSW) and Registered Play Therapist with over 25 years providing therapy and trainings. Since 2006, I have been providing trauma informed trainings internationally and throughout the US to non-profit agencies and therapists. My trainings specialize in trauma resolution methods, attachment and dissociation interventions, and effectively working with children and adolescents with complex issues using play-based trauma therapy techniques.

My extensive clinical experience includes family therapy and trauma therapy for adults with complex trauma histories and to children with a multitude of behaviors and issues including foster care, out of country adoptions and teenage offenders. Learn more.


current list of services & offerings
  • Trainer and Consultant for the Child Trauma Institute (CTI) including EMDR and Progressive Counting
  • Trainer of Attachment and Dissociation, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Play Therapy and Trauma Informed Mediation workshops
  • Trainer for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resiliency program (STAR)
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultant for EMDR therapists and Consultant for Progressive Counting therapists
  • EMDR co-coordinator for the WNY EMDR regional network
  • Consultant to Non-Profits working to incorporate trauma resolution methods within their organizations
  • Field educator and liaison for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work
  • Private practitioner providing trauma therapy to clients of all ages


Reviews from trainings & workshops

"Annie is very knowledgable and an excellent/dynamic teacher. I love Sadie too."

Shirley M, LCSW
EMDR Basic Training Course

"A truly life changing experience as promised. I cant wait to continue to learn & practice as much as I can. Thank you!"

Suzanne J, LCSW
EMDR Basic Training Course

“Very informative, interactive, and fun workshop. A lot of information presented in a professional, interesting and fun setting.”

Frankie, Warren PA (EMDR training, 2014)

“Enjoyed the format of learning, practicing (video) and case consultation. Loved the connections made with colleagues. Extremely worthwhile experience!”

Denise, Buffalo Hearing and Speech, Buffalo NY
(Child/Adolescent Progressive Counting Certificate Program)

“Helped me understand my clients and work so much better and helped improve my confidence/comfort in working with trauma. ”

Rachel P, Progressive Counting/Child Focus Course

“Annie is an expert who is able to present complex material in a clear and easy to understand manner. ”

Julie K, EMDR Basic Training

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