Attachment-Focused EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and effective therapy for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation combined with imaginal exposure to help free you from disturbing images and body sensations, flashbacks, nightmares, debilitating emotions, and distorted trauma-based beliefs. EMDR has been extensively researched as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and is considered to be an evidence-based therapy.

Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) is a modified form of EMDR with a specific focus on people who have experienced ongoing trauma, relational trauma and attachment wounding. This includes people who have experienced childhood physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, early or repeated losses, religious trauma, medical trauma, and caregiver misattunement. AF-EMDR is a client-centered form of therapy that combines trauma reprocessing with the healing of attachment wounds and building of internal resources. These resources can be used in daily life for access to a greater sense of safety, ease, emotional flexibility, resilience, joy, openness, and ability to connect with others. AF-EMDR can be helpful if you are suffering from post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, or substance use difficulties. 

I am trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR through the Parnell Institute. I've completed the Advanced Clinical Training and have additional training on the use of AF-EMDR to address substance misuse and other harmful compulsive behaviors. AF-EMDR can be a primary framework for our work together, a complementary pairing with ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP), or a trauma-focused adjunct to your ongoing work with another therapist. If you are interested in learning more about AF-EMDR and how it can benefit you, I invite you to contact me to schedule a free consultation.