E.M.D.R. & Brainspotting

 Trauma is a very common source of psychological problems and symptoms. Traumatic experiences can take many forms, ranging from single isolated incidents to recurrent or chronic episodes of victimization. Sometimes it is clear to us what experiences were traumatic, but other times we do not consciously realize the impact of past or recent troubling events, and unprocessed memories continue to exert a powerful yet hidden influence on our lives.

Since 2001, Dr. Bonner has had extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), an extremely effective treatment for psychological trauma.  Dr. Bonner has been particularly influenced by David Grand, Ph.D.’s innovative modifications of EMDR, called Natural Flow EMDR and Brainspotting. Natural Flow EMDR employs bilateral audio sound to help facilitate trauma processing. Building on the Natural Flow EMDR treatment protocol, Brainspotting utilizes specific visual focal points and eye positions to help identify, process, and release core neurophysiological sources of trauma, emotional and physical pain, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. At it's most potent, Brainspotting can help access and process unconscious material that has escaped the reach of the mind's usual cognitive and linguistic functions. Brainspotting can also be used to improve emotion regulation skills and to strengthen other positive inner resources.

Offical EMDR Website:

EMDR International Association:

Natural Flow EMDR & Brainspotting:

Interview with EMDR Founder Francine Shapiro, Ph.D.-- link

EMDR- a Documentary Film-- view video clips

Books (written for a general audience)

Grand, D. (2003) Emotional Healing at Warp Speed - The Power of EMDR.

Grand, D. (2013) Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change.

Shapiro, F. (2012) Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.

Charles Bonner, Ph.D. PA. Lic. PS-007719-L
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