Therapeutic Fly Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR)
The Seiyu-zuri method
"Eventually, all things merge into one and a river runs through it" - Maclean
Casting away the weight of trauma
If you are interested in experiencing Therapeutic Fly Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR) ℠, contact Tony at SeiyuIHT@outlook.com. Scroll down to learn more.
Therapeutic fly fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR) ℠
Therapeutic Fly Fishing, using rod & reel methods, has become a common adjunct treatment for traumatic stress and co-occurring problems such as addiction and behavioral compulsions. A number of programs focused on treating PTSD for military veterans and first responders have taken root throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. While focusing on trauma these programs use fly fishing as usual, separate from psychotherapy, often without a trained mental health professional present.
Therapeutic Fly Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR) turns fly fishing into psychotherapy. It provides a way to conceptualize the connection of fly fishing's well known benefits and an Evidence-Based Psychotherapy without each being done independently. We know that fly fishing and psychotherapy can help a person heal, so why has it taken so long to integrate them? We don't know why, but now it's possible!
Tony Parmenter has authored the paper Treating combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder using Therapeutic Fly-Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR), which introduces the concept of TF-EMDR and outlines the following method as the first ever direct integration of Therapeutic Fly Fishing with ANY psychotherapy model. It is currently in pre-publication revision stages with a peer reviewed military health journal.
Combining fly fishing with the most researched and evidence-based model for treating traumatic stress, EMDR, can allow for real and natural restorative healing to take place.
We live on Earth. We breathe air.
However you choose to heal, do it outside.
The Seiyu-zuri Method ℠
Recovery is possible and wholeness is within you. With your feet on the ground, the wind on your skin, and feeling the current with your body - experience the freedom of catch and release while letting go of your pain. Developed by Tony Parmenter as the first form of Therapeutic Fly Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR), The Seiyu-zuri Method is also the only known method of specifically integrating an Evidence-Based Psychotherapy with a nature-based intervention to enhance wellbeing.
This method integrates EMDR and other evidence-based approaches to include mindfulness practices, somatic engagement, and Eastern & Western cognitive psychology with a simple (and portable) form of Japanese fly fishing called tenkara zuri. The name Seiyu-zuri indicates living with integrity and purpose - as the word "Seiyu" (say-you) can mean "sincerity" in Japanese ("zuri" means "fishing" in English).
The goal is to use a mindful connection with nature to connect with and bolster your natural healing abilities. With Seiyu-zuri, you will engage in a healing practice that can become a part of your life moving forward, lasting longer than the therapy session itself.
EMDR Fly Fishing retreats - for healing and wellbeing
Experience TF-EMDR and learn The Seiyu-zuri Method for yourself. Come to Southern Vermont for a healing getaway, returning home with a practice that can stay with you as long as you breathe. Retreats are intensive and include a combination of virtual and in-person contact. As more preparation time and materials are required, they are considered enhanced versions of Tony's standard EMDR retreats.
The cost of your retreat will include a complete tenkara fishing outfit including a brand new rod, lines, flies, and other materials made by one of the most respected tenkara brands in fly fishing. Email Tony to inquire about rates, availability, and to schedule an in-person retreat for summer 2021.
Therapeutic Fly Fishing with EMDR (TF-EMDR) - training For therapists
Learn The Seiyu-zuri Method to enhance your own EMDR therapy practice. Tony has been an teacher since 2005 and is an EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training. He will draw from additional experiences in secular Buddhism/mindfulness practice, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Morita Therapy, adventure-based/nature-based counseling, and Attachment-focused work to help you learn this model.
Learn more about Tony's consultation practice and personal EMDR training here. Consultation is available for licensed health professionals who have completed an EMDRIA-approved basic training (or an equivalent EMDR training outside of the US), with EMDRIA Certification preferred, and whom practice EMDR regularly. Prior to learning TF-EMDR and The Seiyu-Zuri Method in person, Tony requires a minimum of 5 hours of standard EMDR consultation as a way to verify fit and to become familiar with Seiyu-zuri basics.
For in-person therapist trainings, Tony will provide a brand new tenkara fishing outfit including one rod, lines, flies, and other fine materials.
Pre-training consultation counts as time toward EMDRIA Certification in EMDR. EMDRIA CEUs are pending for the in-person training.
Certification in The Seiyu-zuri Method is possible for those who are interested.
To explore any of this further, contact Tony via email.
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