Posted by: Tom Beach, Executive Director & Vice President of The Toolbox, Inc.
Counselors at Interfaith Social Services’ New Directions Counseling Center in Quincy have begun offering EMDR therapy. This type of treatment has proved very effective at treating PTSD. It involves a process of neurological to cognitive therapy which “reprograms” the brain in such a way that those experiences become memories, as opposed to the perception that they are current events.
The invisible wounds of trauma have far reaching consequences for veterans and civilians alike. EMDR therapy is an effective way of overcoming PTSD for individuals that have suffered combat or any other type of trauma including: assault, rape, abuse, guilt associated with accidental deaths, etc. Research has shown that PTSD is one of the most common psychiatric problems in the United States with about 7 percent of the population suffering from it some time during their lives.
“Almost 95% of my clients have a trauma history” said Maureen Richardson, a Counselor at Interfaith Social Services. Ms. Richardson is one of the counselors on the South Shore to offer EMDR. “The need for this type of service is crucial for sufferers of PTSD, as well as their families.”
“We are grateful to be able to offer this service to all those who stand in need,” said Interfaith Executive Director Rick Doane. “Our Counseling Center’s sliding fee scale makes it possible for anyone to access the counseling services necessary to overcome the emotional and mental health obstacles which hinder their lives. This is especially important as more South Shore residents face unemployment and the loss of health care benefits. We are excited to announce the inclusion of EMDR as a compliment to the many services Interfaith provides to the community.”
Please contact Interfaith Social Services for more information on Counseling Services.
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