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Laurel Parnell, PhD

Clinical psychologist, author, and consultant

Laurel Parnell, PhD

Clinical psychologist, author, and consultant


Laurel Parnell is a leading expert on the trauma therapy Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), 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 latest 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.

Upcoming Programs

Transforming Trauma with EMDR

March 6-11, 2018
Tuesday - Sunday, 5 nights

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapeutic method for healing trauma-based problems. Join EMDR pioneer and trainer Dr. Laurel Parnell...


Previous Programs

First Annual Parnell Institute Conference Innovations in EMDR

November 30-December 3, 2017
Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights

Please note: this page is for the conference ONLY.  If you’d like to also attend the pre-conference, please visit the First Annual Parnell Institute...


First Annual Parnell Institute Conference and Pre-Conference

November 29-December 3, 2017
Wednesday - Sunday, 4 nights

Please note: this page is for both the pre-conference and conference.  If you’d like to attend the conference only, please visit the First...