Attachment-Focused EMDR – Tools & Techniques to Heal Trauma with Dr. Laurel Parnell (170)

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Attachment, Brain Science, Episodes, Guest Interviews, Neuroscience, Therapy, Trauma | 0 comments

Show Notes

When talk therapy isn't enough

How Attachment-Focused EMDR works and when to use it

While talk therapy can be an incredible resource for working through and healing traumas – sometimes it is not enough. The theory around trauma is that when it occurs it “gets locked in the nervous system” in the form of fragmented thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations. This makes true healing difficult.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, also known as EMDR, is an evolving science that utilizes bilateral stimulation to help connect the left side of the brain to the right in order to form more cohesive, healing thoughts to better support the healing process.

Dr. Laurel Parnell is a leading expert in EMDR, and uses her vast knowledge to help train thousands of clinicians worldwide to spread the safe science. Using the “lighting it up and linking it up” methodology combined with the Four Foundational Resources, Parnell helps individuals suffering from PTSD and other obstacles better navigate their world and release some of the tension stored within the body and mind. Tune in for this episode as co-host Dr. Ann Kelley and Dr. Parnell take a deep dive into the evolution and successes of EMDR.


“…people can spend years in talk therapy working through some horrible accident, and they're not getting better because the therapy isn't reaching where the trauma's stored and it's not helping with that integration of the nonverbal experience…”

Join our Therapist Uncensored online community as a TU Neuronerd and help support getting this content out to the world.

For deeper dives into topics and extra episodes, join our online community for as little as $5 a month and get deep-dive content, ad-free feed, Ask Me Anything sessions, discounts on anything we produce and unique study opportunities. 

About Laurel Parnell

Clinical psychologist and director of the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR, Dr. Laurel Parnell is a leading expert on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has served on the faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco, as well as at John F. Kennedy University. Parnell is also the co-director of the non-profit Trauma Assistance Program-International, “TAP-IN”. She has dedicated her life to training thousands of clinicians both nationally and internationally and is the author of six books on EMDR.


Time Stamps

1:11 – What we do with EMDR

5:44 – Introducing the Four Foundational Resources

12:30 – Explanation of what Standard EMDR looks like

16:05 – Breaking Down Bilateral Stimulation

21:12 – The Connection between REM Sleep & EMDR

27:49 – “Little T” Traumas and “Big T” Traumas

29:57 – “Creating Ideal Communities” for Healing

35:22 – Integrating Attachment-Focused EMDR

46:53 – How to Integrate EMDR Virtually

53:04 – Making Modifications to the Practice

1:06:55 – Understanding EMDR Timelines


Dr. Laurel Parnell's Website

Parnell Institute EMDR Website

EMDR Training Workshops

Parnell Institute Facebook Group 

Find an EMDR Trained Therapist 

Christie Sprowl's Website – EMDR Expert

Dr. Francine Shapiro's Website

“Inside the Mind of Dr. Dan Siegel” – Therapist Uncensored Podcast

Laurel Parnell's Books (Click the Image to Purchase)





Get your first 2 months of SimplePractice for free when you sign up for an account today as a Therapist Uncensored listener. This exclusive offer is valid for new customers only and by signing up through the following link:

This episode has been sponsored by SimplePractice—Both Sue and Ann use Simple Practice which frees them up to focus on what matters most, their clients and Therapist Uncensored. Simple Practice is the leading practice management platform for private practitioners everywhere. More than 100,000 professionals use SimplePractice to power telehealth sessions, do billing, schedule appointments, file insurance claims, market, and so much more—all on one HIPAA-compliant platform. Please, click the link, check them out, say hello – it's another way of supporting us as well.


Not ready to join us as an official Neuronerd? We respect that, no sweat, just glad you know it's an option. But if you are this deep into the show notes we hope you have gotten something from the wealth of content in our episode library and we'd love it if you might share it with someone you think could use it.  The way new people find us is mainly word of mouth, so leaving a rating or review – that is how the good content finds its way across the world. Thanks, friend!




Recent Episodes

The Amygdala Unpacked with Dr. Joseph LeDoux (175)

The Amygdala Unpacked with Dr. Joseph LeDoux (175)

Tune in as we follow up on last week’s episode, and sit down with amygdala expert, Dr. Joseph LeDoux. We discuss the non-conscious versus unconscious, protein synthesis, the differences between fear and threat, and how it all applies in the world of attachment.

read more
You are invited!  World-wide Live Simultaneous TU Meet-Ups 4/22/22 SPECIAL EPISODE (174)

You are invited! World-wide Live Simultaneous TU Meet-Ups 4/22/22 SPECIAL EPISODE (174)

Sue & Ann are blown away! They are hosting world-wide simultaneous LIVE Meet Ups with other neuronerds (those interested in applied attachment and using the sciences of the mind to grow security) in 7 countries and many cities across the US this Friday, 4/22/22. JOIN US – see the updated list, timing and location of events here:

read more

What else do you want to learn today?

Get Your Modern Attachment-Regulation Spectrum (MARS)Bundle

3 videos, 3 handouts, and 7 podcast episodes to get you started on your path toward secure relating.

Success! Please check your inbox to confirm your subscription and access your starter pack.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This