Imagine being a four-year-old child, left home alone with your siblings as major hurricane was approaching. You and your siblings are forced to seek refuge from the howling winds and bending trees at the neighbor’s house, all while your parents are away at a party. The terrifying memory of grasping your sibling’s hands while you are nearly being blown away by the gale force winds, along with the careless neglect of your parents, triggers hyper-arousal and a distressed state when facing hurricanes as an adult.
Watch EMDR expert Laurel Parnell, PhD, use the three-part protocol to bring the client to a grounded state in which he feels solid, relaxed and confident he can manage future events. In just one session, Dr. Parnell uses bilateral stimulation and the protocol to help the client
- Process the pain and memories associated with past trauma
- Identify and process the present stress
- Image a future scenario of security and serenity
Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer, Private Practice
Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR, EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Transforming Trauma: EMDR, and Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation as well as articles and a chapter in the EMDR Casebook. Dr. Parnell is at work on her newest book: Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, which will be published by WW Norton in 2013. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University.
An EMDR pioneer and innovator, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991 bringing a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been interviewed for television, radio and print. She maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California.