EMDR with Severe Early Sexual Abuse
In this video the client presents with a history of severe early sexual abuse from her grandfather who was someone she loved. She had suffered from the effects of the abuse all her life. For this session she wanted to focus on one particularly distressing abuse memory. They begin the session by establishing safety in the therapeutic relationship, installing resources and spending time with her telling Dr. Parnell her story and emphasizing her strengths as well as her traumas. They use the modified EMDR protocol enabling the client to immediately enter the trauma network and begin to process the trauma memory. During the desensitization the client has strong emotional releases. They use interweaves including resource, imagination, and Socratic interweaves when she loops. The client processes many somatic blocks and at one point gets up out of her seat and releases through body movements with BLS. The work is intensive, creative, painful, and at times humorous. Dr. Parnell and her client work together collaboratively, almost like a dance. They close the session with the SUDS 0, install a positive cognition, and bring in the client’s resources, after which they debrief. (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.