Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR)

AF-EMDR is person centred and emphasises a reparative relationship based therapeutic intervention combining;

  • Resource tapping – to strengthen clients and repair developmental deficits.
  • EMDR to process traumatic memories.
  • Talk therapy to integrate the processing from the sessions and provide relief through client-therapist connections.

AF-EMDR amplifies the use and advantage of standard EMDR and is best utilised with patients who are less receptive to traditional protocols due to the nature of their trauma and attachment deficits. The type of deficits include;

  • Childhood abuse
  • Neglect
  • Early years loss
  • Traumatic birth and perinatal trauma
  • Medical based trauma
  • Parental alcohol or drug abuse
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Caregiver miss-attunement

Typically patients within these groups often present in therapy with depression, relationships in crisis or career problems. Childhood trauma has impacted on their sense of safety and subsequently has adversely effected their ability to form close emotional relationships now they are adults.

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