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EMDR for a Sleep Issue Related to Medical Trauma
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Imagine the terror of lying in an ICU hospital bed after an unexpected surgery, and drifting in an out of consciousness as the medical staff works to keep you sedated. You experience sensations and thoughts as if you are awake, but you are actually only experiencing a patchwork of what is going on around you. You are unable to communicate or interact with the medical staff, leaving you feeling powerless and confused. You are scared that if you fall back to sleep you will never wake up.

For the client in this demonstration video, the trauma associated with the medical procedure keeps her from being able to sleep well and wake rested. She is unable to fall asleep and allow herself to stay asleep, constantly afraid that if she falls asleep, she might never wake up. EMDR expert Laurel Parnell teaches the steps taken to allow the client to finally face the lingering fears, emotions and memories of being in that hospital bed. Dr. Parnell integrates bilateral stimulation into therapy and directs the client as she processes her memories and emotional triggers. As the session progresses, the client is able to see bed as a safe and welcoming space, and is no longer afraid of falling asleep.

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D., 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 www.parnellemdr.com.

 

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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