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Laurel Parnell, PhD Clinical psychologist, author, and consultant

Laurel Parnell is a leading expert on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and developer of Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) and Resource Tapping ™.

Founder and executive director of the Parnell Institute and an EMDR pioneer with expertise in transpersonal psychology, Dr. Parnell has immersed herself in the practice and development of EMDR since 1991. Dr. Parnell uses a holistic approach to healing trauma, informed by research in contemporary neuroscience, that integrates body, mind, and spirit.

She is author of five books on EMDR, as well as several articles and a book chapter. Considered a master clinician, she has produced several DVDs and is one of the most respected instructors of EMDR trainings and workshops. She has taught at universities and now teaches workshops internationally based on her book, Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma.

She also has a lifelong interest in humanitarian work that is now focused on bringing EMDR and related techniques to underserved populations worldwide.

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Professional Development
Transforming Trauma with EMDR (Part 3)
December 5 - 8, 2019
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has exploded in popularity worldwide, becoming a go-to, first-line treatment that is truly life-changing for countless people. Join Dr. Laurel Parnell, the renowned EMDR pioneer and author of five books, for this advanced training to complete your skillset in using EMDR tools. Studies repeatedly reveal that EMDR clients conclude therapy feeling acceptance, even empowerment, from the experiences that wounded them. Trauma has not only been resolved, but actually transformed. As a natural outcome, clients’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors show thriving emotional health. Learn how to help your clients experience the full benefits of therapy, in moments instead of years, through EMDR.

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