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Digital Seminar

Attachment-Focused EMDR for Early Child Sexual Abuse by a Stranger

Laurel Parnell, PhD
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Jan 01, 2015
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In this demonstration video, Dr. Parnell works with the client who presents with a history of sexual assaults and childhood physical abuse. The client reported symptoms of dissociation and present-day triggers that were troubling to her. She believed the abuse had impacted her interpersonal relationships, particularly her ability to trust people.

The video shows the use of an Attachment-Focus in the use of EMDR through the therapeutic relationship, the use of resources, and the use of the modified protocol that allowed the client to feel safe enough to enter into and process the traumatic material.

We began by exploring the history of the presenting problem, her symptoms and triggers and then installed resources. We decided to target the earliest abuse memory; that of molestation by a stranger when she was a young girl. We used the modified protocol to develop the target. She processed very distressing material without apparent strong affect. The processing became stuck in some places, which required interweaves to unblock them. She processed the trauma to full resolution, installed positive cognitions, had a clear body scan and closed with her resources.


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Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

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Laurel Parnell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR. One of the world's leading experts on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), she is the originator of the EMDR-related therapies Attachment-Focused EMDR and Resource Tapping. Dr. Parnell has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University. She is the author of several books and videos on EMDR, including, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR and Tapping In. Dr. Parnell keynotes conferences, trains clinicians in EMDR, and teaches workshops internationally on Attachment-Focused EMDR, Rewiring the Addicted Brain and Resource Tapping. Learn more about Dr. Parnell at


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell maintains a private practice. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Parnell receives compensation as an EDMR trainer, and she receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Parnell receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Laurel Parnell has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Assess when the client has installed a good team of resources during the therapeutic session.
  2. Analyze the use of the modified protocol during therapeutic sessions.
  3. Analyze processing blocks in clients experiencing troubling present-day triggers due to early childhood sexual abuse.


  • Explore the presenting problem, symptoms and triggers
  • Establish safe boundaries and preferences for bilateral stimulation
  • Create and install resources and metaphors for nurturing, wisdom and peace
  • Establish a signal for stop and keep going
  • Target development
  • Refine the picture or scene
  • Integrate bilateral stimulation
  • Check the target
  • Explore the processing block
  • Design and install imagination and Socratic interweaves
  • Revisit the picture or scene
  • Check the target
  • Install a positive cognition (PC)
  • Check the trigger scene
  • Process the trigger scene with new feelings
  • Check triggers
  • Closing and debriefing

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

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