EMDR with Phobia
This is an example of using AF-EMDR™ to heal a longstanding, life-limiting phobia that has an unknown origin. The client presented with the fear of eating fruit. She could not eat any kind of fruit at all. She had had this fear for as long as she could remember. Dr. Parnell demonstrates how to employ the bridging technique to discover the root event that links to the phobia (which was a big surprise to both of them). Integrating an attachment-focused orientation, Dr. Parnell provides encouragement and support to the client and she processes the associated traumas. When the client loops, Dr. Parnell uses several interweaves, particularly resource and imagination to unblock processing. They bridge more than once in this session to completely clear the phobia. At the end of the session the client was able to imagine eating fruit, and then actually eat several different types of fruit, to the delight of both herself and Dr. Parnell. (59 Minutes)
Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is a leading expert on the trauma therapy, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and is the developer of EMDR-related therapies, Attachment-Focused EMDR™ (AF-EMDR™) and Resource Tapping™ and is the founder and executive director of the Parnell Institute. An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991. Dr. Parnell brings a client-centered, attachment-focused approach to the work that emphasizes the importance of a compassionate, safe, therapeutic relationship and the adaptation of protocols and procedures according to the needs of the individual client. She is the author of five books on EMDR, as well as articles, and a book chapter. She keynotes conferences, trains clinicians in EMDR, and present workshops throughout the world. Considered a master clinician, her DVDs of live EMDR sessions with actual clients demonstrate her work.