What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective evidence-based psychotherapy method for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy involves an eight-phase treatment process that integrates elements from various therapeutic approaches. The core component of EMDR is bilateral stimulation, often achieved through guided eye movements, taps, or sounds. This bilateral stimulation helps reprocess traumatic memories, allowing the brain to naturally heal itself.

Benefits of EMDR:

  • Rapid Relief: Many clients experience significant relief within a few sessions.
  • Lasting Change: EMDR targets the root of emotional distress, leading to profound and lasting healing.
  • Holistic Healing: By addressing both the mind and body, EMDR promotes comprehensive well-being.

Who Can Benefit from EMDR?

EMDR is particularly effective for individuals dealing with:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Grief and Loss
  • Performance Anxiety

What is Attachment Focused EMDR?

AF-EMDR is an innovative adaptation of the traditional EMDR therapy, specifically designed to address and heal attachment-related/ developmental traumas and Complex PTSD Developed by Dr. Laurel Parnell, AF-EMDR integrates the principles of attachment theory with the powerful healing mechanisms of EMDR to help clients work through relational traumas and foster secure attachment patterns.

How Does AF-EMDR Work?

AF-EMDR therapy enhances the standard EMDR protocol by incorporating a deeper focus on relational and attachment issues. This approach is especially beneficial for individuals whose early experiences with caregivers were inconsistent, neglectful, or abusive. By using bilateral stimulation—through guided eye movements, taps, or sounds—AF-EMDR helps to reprocess traumatic memories and re-establish healthy attachment patterns.

Benefits of AF-EMDR:

  • Deep Healing: Addresses core relational wounds that impact current relationships and self-perception.
  • Enhanced Relationships: Promotes healthier attachment patterns, improving your relationships with others.
  • Holistic Approach: Integrates emotional, cognitive, and somatic healing for comprehensive well-being.
  • Empowerment: Empowers you to develop secure attachment styles and enhance your overall quality of life.

Who Can Benefit from AF-EMDR?

AF-EMDR is particularly effective for individuals experiencing:

  • Early childhood trauma
  • Attachment disorders
  • Complex PTSD
  • Anxiety and depression related to relational issues
  • Difficulties in forming or maintaining relationships