EMDR with Relationship Issues
In this video Dr. Parnell uses AF-EMDR™ with a client who presented with a difficulty in her current relationship that she believed was connected to trauma she had experienced as a child. She had been in a long-term relationship but did not feel comfortable getting married. They begin by exploring more fully the presenting problem and determining goals for treatment, then install resources and prepare the client for EMDR processing. Dr. Parnell bridges her back from her current fear, which links to a traumatic childhood scene. They reprocess this scene, at times needing to use resource interweaves to aid her child self. After reprocessing the childhood target, they return to check how the client feels about marriage. Some fear remains. They then target her concept of marriage and reprocesses it. Along the way Dr. Parnell uses interweaves to help the client sort out what is true of her current relationship and what she is bringing from her parent’s relationship. (62 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.