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Health & Medical

Whiteside County Health Department launches EMDR program to relieve traumatic distress

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When a traumatic event takes place, its victims are often left with lasting symptoms that affect their daily lives.

The Whiteside County Community Health Clinic’s Behavioral Health Department is meeting the problem head-on with a new program called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing - EMDR - that will be offered to patients starting later this month.

“EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the results of traumatic life events - anything from witnessing domestic violence in the home, to parents divorcing to any kind of abuse,” says Whitney Miller, a licensed clinical social worker at Whiteside County Community Health Clinic. “It’s one of the few evidence-based trauma treatments out there right now.”

EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body can recover from physical trauma, says Miller. “It combiners psychotherapy and eye movement to process the trauma. If the system has lost its balance due to a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause the patient intense suffering. Once we can remove the block, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocol and procedures clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes in the brain.”

Treatment is typically in eight phases, once a week, depending on the individual patient, and can be applied to children, adolescents and adults. Patients can experience the benefits of EMDR psychotherapy within weeks that otherwise takes years to accomplish. To make a behavioral health appointment, call 815-626-2230 ext. 1291.

“Because we are a federal clinic we never turn patients away because of their inability to pay.” says Beth Fiorini, Whiteside County’s Public Health Administrator/CEO. “If a low-income person with no insurance presents to the clinic needing behavioral health services, funds awarded by the Whiteside County Mental Health Board can be used to help pay for their treatment. We also accept Medicare, Medicaid and third- party private insurance. It is the mission of the Whiteside County Community Health Clinic to provide high quality primary and preventative medical, dental and behavioral health care to all individuals, with dignity and respect in a caring environment.”

Whiteside County Community Health Clinic

1300 W. 2nd St, Rock Falls, IL 61071

815-626-2230 (p)

https://www.whitesidehealth.org/