Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR)
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful, evidence-based therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Through the incorporation of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation in a comprehensive approach to process and release information in the mind and body, EMDR therapy is able to free people from disturbing images, bodily sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs.
What is AF-EMDR?
Attachment-focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) is an evolution of standard EMDR and stresses the importance of creating safety for the client and the need to adapt treatment according to client-centered cultural and individual needs. AF-EMDR emphasizes a reparative therapeutic relationship using a combination of (1) Resource Tapping to strengthen clients and repair development deficits, (2) EMDR to process traumas, and (3) talk therapy to help integrate the information from EMDR sessions and to provide the healing derived from therapist-client interactions. Through these, AF-EMDR extends the use and benefits of EMDR and bilateral stimulation to clients typically less responsive to traditional EMDR protocols, due to chronic relational trauma and attachment deficits, and helps clients experience more complete resolution.