I am an accredited EMDR Practitioner with EMDR UK and Ireland and having completed specialist Attachment Focused EMDR training I am also an approved Attachment Focused EMDR Practitioner with the Parnell Institute.
When someone experiences a traumatic event or has experienced ongoing trauma in attachment, the brain sometimes becomes unable to process the information. The experience becomes frozen in the brain in this unprocessed state. Although the memories may be consciously avoided, the experience can be triggered out of the control of the individual. Often people then experience the sensory memories of what was seen, heard, felt or tasted which can feel terrifying. Sometimes the trauma responses of fight, flight or freeze can also be experienced.
In EMDR the brain is stimulated bilaterally (left to right) using eye movements, sensory taps or sounds to allow the frozen memory to be processed like any other memory. This is thought to mimic REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, a processing phase of sleep.
The effect for clients is that often trauma responses reduce and the memories lose their power so that they can be placed with other experiences.
I practice two forms of EMDR
Standard Protocol EMDR:
This focuses on providing the client with effective resources and desensitising traumatic memory, reducing the symptoms of distress and trauma. This can be used to process single event trauma or complex trauma and is a proven effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Attachment Focused EMDR:
This is a modified protocol of EMDR developed by Psychologist Dr Laurel Parnell in America. Parnell created the modified protocol as an effective way of working with attachment related trauma. This involves processing attachment memories and patterns at different stages of life to change the maladaptive patterns in the present.