Good to see you on our new website, with its lighthouses showing the way ahead – a theme and logo shared with our sister website/company Braynework.
Working closely with Dr Laurel Parnell in the US and her Attachment-Focused approach to EMDR, we’re passionate at EMDR Focus about empowering fellow therapists to Unleash the Magic, as we put it, of this extraordinarily powerful therapy.
If you’re already trained in EMDR, you’ll know the central position of what EMDR’s founder Francine Shapiro termed the Standard Protocol (SP).
At EMDR Focus we honour the value of that Protocol’s eight-phase/three-pronged structure, encouraging our trainees and supervisees at the same time to build on that, and take EMDR to deeper relational levels with their clients.
We know colleagues who’ve trained in EMDR and never quite got going with it, and those who do use it but, especially when working with clients presenting with more complex dysfunction rooted in childhood experiences of attachment to primary caregivers, find themselves at times constrained by what can be misunderstood as standard protocol rigidity.
The Standard EMDR Protocol, with its sequencing of cognitions negative and positive, its numbering of a PC’s validity and of the intensity of a client’s emotions (the VoC), has its important place in the treatment of single-incident adult PTSD – and as the standardised approach that unites those working with EMDR around the world.
For working with more complex clients, though, and with new definitions of Complex or developmental PTSD being increasingly embraced by mainstream psychiatry and the psychological professions, there’s a growing awareness of the limitations of the Standard Protocol, and an increasing emphasis on the basic principles (the Standard Procedural Steps) that make EMDR such a distinctive therapy – starting with History Taking and Preparation and moving through Assessment and Desensitisation to Installation/Tapping In of the positive cognition, Body Scan and Re-evaluation and Closure.
If these thoughts capture either your own experience of EMDR as therapist, or indeed your concerns as a client, then we’ll be delighted either to work with you in therapy (contact us via our Braynework psychotherapy website) or to coach, train and inspire you to take your EMDR practice to a higher – or perhaps deeper – level.
Do get in touch if you’d like to know more – and thanks for reading to the end of this opening page of our new (as of November 2017) EMDR Focus website.