Laurel Parnell, PhD

Laurel Parnell, Ph.D.,  is a clinical psychologist and director of the Parnell Institute for Attachment-Focused EMDR and co-director of the non-profit Trauma Assistance Program International (TAP-IN). 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 brings a client-centered attachment-focused approach to the work and emphasizes the importance of a compassionate, safe, therapeutic relationship. She sees the adaptation of protocols and procedures according to the psychological, emotional, cultural, and developmental needs of the individual client as essential. 

Dr. Parnell is informed by research in contemporary neuroscience and uses a holistic approach to healing trauma that focuses on the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Considered a master clinician, she has produced several videos of live EMDR sessions with actual clients that demonstrate her work.

Dr. Parnell keynotes conferences, trains clinicians in EMDR, and teaches workshops internationally on Attachment-Focused EMDR, Rewiring the Addicted Brain and Resource Tapping.

Laurel Parnell 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. She is the author of several books and videos on EMDR.

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