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Digital Seminar

EMDR for Panic and Anxiety in an Overwhelmed Single Mother

Laurel Parnell, PhD
1 Hour 17 Minutes
Jan 01, 2015
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Digital Seminar
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In this session, the client, a single mother of four children presents with a terror that her children will contract a “tummy bug”. She said she had intense fear, anxiety, and panic that could be triggered by anything that she believed might produce a stomach ailment in her children. She believed that her intense fear was an exaggerated response and wanted to be less anxious and reactive.

This case was complicated, multifaceted and had multiple contributors linked to her stress and anxiety that she was able to successfully process with EMDR in this session. By the end of the session she felt relief, and a significant diminishment of her anxiety with regard to her children. She realized that there was a “normal” level of stress inherent in raising children on her own, with which she was more comfortable.


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Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Trainer

Private Practice

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 and is the director of the Parnell Institute, LLC. She receives compensation as an EDMR trainer, and she receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Parnell receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book 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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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

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  1. Analyze the importance of processing multiple channels from one target as it relates to case conceptualization.
  2. Design and install imagination and resource interweaves.
  3. Analyze processing blocks in clients experiencing panic and anxiety.


  • Create and install resources and metaphors for safety 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 resource interweaves
  • Revisit the picture or scene
  • Check the SUDS
  • Install a positive cognition (PC)
  • Check the trigger scene
  • Process the trigger scene with new feelings
  • Check triggers

Target Audience

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

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