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Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment


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Laurel Parnell, PhD, is one of the world's leading experts on EMDR. A clinical psychologist, she has trained thousands in EMDR in her international workshops. Dr. Parnell is the author of several books on EMDR, including Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Relational Trauma, A Therapist's Guide to EMDR, and Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment.


Dr. Laurel Parnell has written a landmark book which is a must-read for anyone struggling with substance abuse and/or addictive behaviors and for the people who support and counsel them. Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment provides a nuanced, compassionate and client-centered approach to treatment. Parnell focuses on enhancing resilience, healing attachment wounds, and trauma reprocessing. Her Resource Tapping techniques build new neural circuitry that supports resilience and an integrated shift towards health and wholeness.--Kim Cookson, Psy.D., Director of Trauma and Resiliency Training and Services Southern California Counseling Center
Since its introduction in 2013, I have used Parnell's Attachment-Focused EMDR in my work with persons, both inpatient and outpatient, who are stuck in life with destructive behaviors that are driven by addiction. In the complex addiction cases that I work with, Parnell's work has provided a clinical framework that functions to reprocess traumas that drive addictive behavior and help the individual stop their addictive behaviors by building stronger internal resources. These new internal resources allow the addicted individual to have more mature and healthy coping strategies in response to life stress, along with adaptive behavioral responses that help to rewire those dysfunctional neural circuitries that underlie and perpetuate their addictive behavior. In her latest work, Rewiring the Addicted Brain with EMDR-Based Treatment, Parnell shows how to use Resource Tapping, EMDR, and her new 'Connecting the Consequences' protocol to help addicted persons be successful in their efforts to develop a life free of addiction. Parnell's work is an invaluable resource for anyone who works with people who are impacted by addiction. For the professional clinician, this work provides the tool that will help you help your clients develop life changing internal capacities and skills, allowing them to live a life free of addiction. I recommend it highly.--Roy A. Blankenship, M.A., LPC, LMFT, CSAT, CAADC, Chief Executive Officer, HopeQuest Addiction Recovery Center, Woodstock, GA

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