EMDR for the Traumatized Caregiver
This video demonstrates an EMDR session with a woman who is distressed and emotionally overwhelmed by the serious chronic illness of a close family member for whom she is responsible. Her sister, a quadriplegic with progressive Multiple Sclerosis, has had a series of medical crises, which have required difficult decisions to be made. The client is overwhelmed with feelings of grief, anxiety, fear and terror as she carries the responsibility for her sister’s care. After listening to some of the background to the presenting problem, Dr. Parnell and the client tap in resources and work to develop a target from the client’s fears. They find an incident from the recent past that has a great deal of emotional charge and begin there. During the EMDR processing she is able to work through many feelings and come to a place of peace with regard to the current situations. Her SUDS goes down and she installs several positive cognitions. This session shows that clients can benefit from EMDR on chronic, ongoing problems and experience relief from troubling symptoms. (64 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.