EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a powerful and effective therapy used in the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy incorporates eye movements or other bilateral stimulation (BLS) into a comprehensive approach that processes and releases information trapped in the mind and body, freeing clients from disturbing images and body sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs.
Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) refers to a method that activates the brain alternately in each hemisphere (right and left) for more thorough processing. It closely resembles what happens in the brain naturally during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep as we process information from our daily lives.
AF-EMDR (Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) was developed by Laurel Parnell, PhD as an adjunct to traditional EMDR. What makes it unique is that it incorporates the empirical evidence that caregiver attachment in the early years of life can have a profound affect on future symptomology from challenging life events. In fact, the quality of attachment early in life can be a predictor in of itself of stabilization/ destabilization throughout the life span.
Based on her belief that all good therapy is an art, not a technique, Laurel Parnell extends all of the use and benefits of traditional EMDR, BLS, and talk therapy for use with clients who will benefit from repairing developmental deficits which occurred in a less than safe family environment
This technique is essential brain work for creating a stable foundation for adults that were not properly nurtured as children.