Parnell at last officially legit in the UK…

At last, some rather good and very-long-awaited news, from the EMDR UK-and-Ireland’s annual Consultants Day in London on November 16 2019.

Laurel Parnell, her Modified Protocol, and Attachment-Focused EMDR are now, officially and publicly, accepted as legitimate, mainstream EMDR.

No need for a long exposition here. Most of those in our network know the history.

Suffice it to say that, when asked at the Consultants Day for thoughts on the position now of Laurel Parnell and Attachment-Focused EMDR and her Modified Protocol, Marian Tobin on behalf of the Association’s Accreditation Committee observed simply that Laurel does have official Association CPD points, (which I might note here that, briefly at the height of our difficulties, was not always the case…), so there’s no issue. Read more

Unleash your EMDR in NZ and Australia: Advanced Clinical Workshops in Attachment-Focused EMDR July-August 2020

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AF-EMDR Workshops with Facilitated Practice/Practicums

For first time in Australia and New Zealand!!

With Mark Brayne

EMDR Europe-Accredited Consultant & Parnell Institute Trainer

Auckland, NZ, Sat-Sun July 25-26, 2020 

Venue to be confirmed

Sydney Sat-Sun August 1-2, 2020

Sydney Harbour View Hotel, North Sydney 

Melbourne Sat-Sun August 15-16, 2020

Melbourne Treacy Centre, Parkville   

Perth August Fri-Sat August 21– 22, 2020

St Catherine’s College, Perth

Each with EMDRAA CPD Points to be applied for.

Participation qualifies for registration on the Parnell Institute Find-A-Therapist website

Early Bird (to March 30, 2020) A$ (or NZ$) $450. Thereafter $495

To Book…

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EMDR in Romania – A Personal Story

By Morven Fyfe, AF-EMDR Therapist now based in Surbiton.

As an enthusiast for Attachment-Focused EMDR, and after a spell on the very AF-EMDR-friendly Steering Group of the EMDR Association’s East-Anglia Regional Group, I was asked by EMDR Focus to summarise some EMDR-related findings in Romania, where I’ve just spent several months.

For background, I was for a time married to a Romanian, and we have a son whose departure to University last October meant there was time for a sabbatical, and a retracing of my steps back to Romania.

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Driving across Europe, and spending first some weeks near Romania’s Transsylvanian mountains, I came to rest for several months in the lovely Sibiu in the centre of the country, where I had a chance to get to know the situation with EMDR in one of the EU’s newest members.

My last visit had been in 2007, the year of EU accession when local Romanians were convinced that joining would improve nothing.  And last November, as I prepared for my long drive out, friends and family warned how grim and dangerous it would be – dangerous roads, dreadful internet, wily tricksters and gypsies.  

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Intergenerational Trauma: Healing the Past to Heal the Present.

Author: Mark Brayne, Parnell Institute Training Facilitator and Director of EMDR Focus.

Half-way through a demonstration session at an Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) workshop in London last year, it was becoming clear that my volunteer client and I were getting worryingly stuck.

We’d identified where George was being triggered in his present life – a row with his partner – and we’d bridged efficiently to him sitting alone and forlorn on the kitchen floor at the age of four or so, as his mother, her back turned, busied herself at the sink.

As she had always done.

As an EMDR therapist reading this, you’ll know how familiar this kind of story is in our work with clients.

We had identified George’s emotion – despair – and where that was felt in his body – his heart.

His opening NC had been a classic “I don’t exist” but also, interestingly, “I should have been born a girl”.

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​Intergenerational Trauma: Healing the Past to Heal the Present​​

Photo: Mark Brayne

Author: Mark Brayne, Parnell Institute Training Facilitator and Director of EMDR Focus.

Half-way through a demonstration session at an Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) workshop in London last year, it was becoming clear that my volunteer client and I were getting worryingly stuck.

We’d identified where George was being triggered in his present life – a row with his partner – and we’d bridged efficiently to him sitting alone and forlorn on the kitchen floor at the age of four or so, as his mother, her back turned, busied herself at the sink.

As she had always done.

As an EMDR therapist reading this, you’ll know how familiar this kind of story is in our work with clients.

We had identified George’s emotion – despair – and where that was felt in his body – his heart.

His opening NC had been a classic “I don’t exist” but also, interestingly, “I should have been born a girl”.

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Attachment-Focused EMDR for Addiction, a two-day practical workshop with Dr Laurel Parnell

London Mon-Tue Sept 16-17 2019

Healing Relational Trauma and Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR

£295 – CPD points applied for

Book now!

Very last minute (see below…), we’re delighted to welcome Dr Parnell for her first workshop in Europe focusing on the ideas in her her new book for EMDR with addictions, Rewiring the Addicted Brain.

We’re not yet settled on a venue, but it will be in central London, and this will be of interest not just to colleagues already trained in Laurel’s Attachment-Focused approach to EMDR, but newbies too.

Through lecture, slides, and videos of live client sessions, and LOTS of discussion and Q&As, you’ll learn how to integrate an attachment-focused, brain-wise approach into treating clients with addictions and dysfunctional behaviours, as well as practical tools you will be able to use immediately with your clients.

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Trauma, Psychotherapy, EMDR – and being a Mum.

By Lucinda Gordon Lennox

Forget books on parenting, I get the best mummying advice in the world from my patients.

Because almost all of them are healing wounds from their mothers. 

I had my first child before I worked on myself and before I trained in this line of work. I suffered from post natal depression, felt like my world had imploded – I remember driving home from the hospital – terrified of going home with this little baby, and wanting to scream out of the window at people walking in the street “how can you be getting on with your lives like nothing has happened, can’t you see the world has changed???!”

Such a difficult time. My husband at the time was working and hardly ever home, my family lived miles away, and I felt so ashamed of the fact that I found this new baby stuff so hard, I simply felt I couldn’t reach out to any friends. I felt isolated, alone, and very, very, low.

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Tartan Patterns and Porcelain Ducks: Intuitive EMDR in action

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Thanks to Rachael Ward for sharing the following touching client story, inspired by training in September with Laurel Parnell in London in the Attachment-Focused approach to EMDR. (Names and identifying details have been changed.)

I loved the AF approach and one of the reasons is that it has validated some of the things I was instinctively doing, but feeling ‘bad’ for doing them as it was against standard protocol.

One such case was a young woman I saw seven years ago as a client of a Mental Health Service.

She had a diagnosis of NEAD (non epileptic attack disorder) and was suicidal due to the impact it was having in her life.

The Neurologist had done all he could for her and she had received CBT, Psychodynamic therapy and a raft of other interventions that had been unsuccessful at helping reduce the 20+ seizures a day.

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Parnell in London Sept 2018

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(From r.) James, Sarah, Shawn, Laurel, Jutta, Annabel, Mark.

It’s been a bit of a journey getting here, but with three annual London (and York) events with Laurel Parnell behind us now, and the first successful outings this year of Mark Brayne’s Unleash your EMDR: Release the Magic weekend courses, we now have in place a rich supporting array of trainings to get your advanced EMDR practice truly up and running.

At the top of this post a cheerful picture of our EMDR Focus Facilitator team, with Laurel at the heart and positioned in front of the Mary Ward House Conference Centre where 45 plucky trainees enjoyed three autumn days being inspired by Laurel’s approach to Attachment-Focused EMDR, with daily live demos and a lot of learning.

IMG_20180923_123421And, the enthusiasm for this training is now particularly reassuring, with as many colleagues on the waiting list as were able to attend, highlighting how Laurel’s approach is being increasingly accepted as mainstream EMDR, entirely in accordance with the Standard Protocol as we call it, and turbo-charging work especially with more complex clients. Read more

Unleashing the Magic of EMDR – London, CCPE, April 7/8 2018

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Mark Brayne and Annabel McGoldrick explaining left brains (braynes?) and right brains in EMDR.

With a small but select cohort of Attachment-Focused EMDR enthusiasts, a rich and rewarding time was had by all as on the first post-Easter weekend we launched the first of EMDR Focus’s new two-day workshops delivering intense and practical skills training in using EMDR with the most complex clients.

As far as we know, practical and supervised coaching sessions, in the UK at least, are offered only during Parts 1 to 3 of EMDR basic training.

So, drawing generously on the inspiration of Dr Laurel Parnell in the US, our workshop gave experienced EMDR therapists a unique (literally!) opportunity to try out new skills on themselves and each other – for real and with full-length sessions supervised and coached by our new EMDR Focus facilitator support team.

The feedback has been most gratifying – and here are a few quotes to illustrate.

Brilliant! I was staggered at the speed of the modified / simplified protocol.

Plenty of opportunity to practise and get your teeth into the process.

I’d like to say a big thank you for the weekend. I found it so very useful and inspiring. Your passion and enthusiasm is contagious and your knowledge incredible. I feel a lot more confident to use an attachment-focused approach.

It was a wonderful and inspiring weekend – learning on so many levels, and this approach certainly expands the possibilities for EMDR within psychotherapy.

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