Rotary Funds New Technology to Treat Trauma
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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North Island Survivors’ Healing Society clients test out a new trauma-mitigation machine donated by the Rotary Club.
by Contributed - Campbell River Mirror
posted May 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Campbell River Daybreak Rotary recently donated a light
bar to the North Island Survivors’ Healing Society (NISHS) to help in
the treatment of both men’s and women’s trauma.
The $600 piece of equipment has so far been used by two of the Centre’s three counselors during client sessions.
“The light bar is used in a form of treatment called EMDR and offers
another option for our clients as they heal from trauma,” said Celia
Laval, NISHS counselor.
The goal of EMDR, also known as Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing, is to process intrusive and distressing memories, thereby
decreasing or eliminating their disturbing effects. It also allows
clients to develop healthy coping mechanisms in conjunction with their
therapist. It was developed in the late 1980s by Francine Shapiro and
originally researched primarily on Vietnam War veterans.
Don Huestis and Mike Rushton, co-chairs of the Rotary Community
Services Committee said, “We are always pleased to support our community
and the people in it, both men and women, as they heal from trauma and
move their lives forward.”
Millions of people around the world have been treated with EMDR to
treat psychological stress and other anxiety-related conditions, such as
panic attacks, phobias, performance anxiety and grief.
Using both left and right eye movements, the traumatic memory is
neutralized, thereby lessening the impact of the memory over a series of
North Island Survivors Healing Society - Trauma and Abuse Counseling
Centre - is a registered non-profit. It has operated in Campbell River
since 1993. Registered clinical counselors work with a range of
scenarios including motor vehicle accidents, recreational accidents, war
zone trauma, medical trauma, physical and sexual assault and abuse and
neglect. Depending on the nature of the case, professional counseling
is either government funded or partially subsidized.