I have completed my EMDRIA approved basic EMDR training through the Parnell Institute. With this, I am trained in utilizing EMDR as a treatment for trauma and other symptoms. Additionally, with my training through the Parnell Institute, I am an Attachment Focused EMDR therapist. I am able to utilize EMDR to engage and repair early attachment trauma with clients. EMDR is considered an evidenced based treatment and is one of the most researched, and proven, treatments for the processing and healing of trauma.
It is helpful to use the analogy of a river when discussing the processing of trauma. You don’t need to tell the water in a river where to go, it flows naturally downstream. In the same way, our brain is designed to naturally process life events. Proper processing means that we have access to the memories, even the emotions we felt, while also being fully aware that the event has passed.
When we experience a singular event of enough intensity (“Big T” trauma), or a smaller event consistently over time (“Little t” trauma), our natural processing ability goes offline. It is as if a log has fallen into the river, blocking the waters natural flow. Unprocessed trauma feels energized to individuals, even if the event is decades old. Without being processed your brain is unable to categorize this event as over. The pain, and the negative beliefs as a result, stay open in the present.
EMDR jump starts our brains natural healing power by using eye movements or other bi-lateral stimulation (BLS) to re-engage the brain’s processing ability, we are removing the log from the river. This processing allows the release of information and sensation that has been otherwise trapped in the mind/body of the client, leading to a sense of release. EMDR was originally developed as a treatment for PTSD and has been proven to bring healing to a wide variety of trauma.
AF-EMDR utilizes all of the tools of standard EMDR, but incorporates an attachment focus into the treatment. AF-EMDR is client-centered and particularly effective for healing relational and attachment trauma throughout the lifespan. Examples include: Abuse suffered at a young age, parental neglect or mis-attunement, a negative belief system born out of constant bullying, inter-generational relational trauma, and significant loss early in life.
AF-EMDR utilizes resource-tapping on top of the standard EMDR tools to attune to the clients relational and emotional needs. Additionally, the positive therapeutic relationship is harnessed in talk therapy before and after an EMDR session to further process the work that was done and identify additional supports as needed.
I believe we have all experienced trauma. I am excited to offer EMDR and Attachment-Focused EMDR to help clients in this area. If you would like to engage this support please inquire with me directly for more information.