EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that is highly effective in processing trauma and recovering from abuse, emotional neglect, and early attachment deficits. It can also be incredibly helpful for moving through creative blocks and enhancing performance.
The use of resourcing (tapping into our unrecognized strengths and wisdom) in Attachment-Focused EMDR allows us to rebuild our foundations, giving ourselves what we didn’t get as children; be it love, nurturance, protection, self-esteem, or kind parental guidance. This bottom-up approach provides us with the resources to begin the task of freeing ourselves from the life-long patterns that stand in the way of being able to go for what we want, whether that is in the arena of relationships, career, creativity, or a more empowered sense of self.
I’m consistently impressedby the capacity of this approach to make progress when talk therapy stalls. EMDR activates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time which allows for a deeper level of processing and insight. It is as though our logical and emotional brains finally have the chance to communicate with one another, enabling our adult rational self to tend and befriend our younger emotional center.
I have seen this approach move clients from intense self-criticism to an increasing capacity to love themselves— from a crippling lack of self-confidence to a sense that there are possibilities in this life after all. By accessing the innate wisdom, feeling capacity, and exploratory drive that has been buried under our old defenses, this way of working has the potential to give us back our power. Moving from states of fight/ flight or immobility into more regulated states allows our whole brain to come online with all of its wonderful capacities for resonating with others, tapping into creativity, and making choices that are in our best interests. In essence, through this approach we have the chance get in touch with the deeper currents of our beings and to have our lives flow from that timeless place.
I incorporate EMDR only after developing a base of safety and a solid relational foundation, going at a pace that feels right for my clients. Attachment-Focused EMDR has helped me move through many of blocks in my own life and I feel so grateful to have the chance to assist others on this journey to a more meaningful and satisfying existence.
I completed my level 1, 2, and 3 trainings with Constance Kaplan and Kim Cookson and trained with Laurel Parnell at the 2017 Parnell Institute Conference.