The Samaritan Connection Newsletter - Fall 2023 - 3

EMDR Brings Hope and Healing to
Samaritan Clients
by Elizabeth Jones, LPC - Therapist
A highly talented and successful professional who
nonetheless goes to work every day thinking, " I'm not good
enough. " A man who leads routine business meetings with
heart pounding and hands shaking as if he is unsafe. A teen
who experienced a car accident several years ago and now panics whenever he
thinks of driving. A mother whose troubling memories of last year's emergency
C-section come to mind multiple times a day. A widower who's wracked with
depression and guilt, feeling that he failed his wife. What do all these people have
in common? They each feel " stuck " and trapped by their symptoms, but each might
find hope and healing through - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
(EMDR) therapy.
The human body is designed to be self-healing. In the same way, our brains
are always taking in information and working to adaptively process it, keeping
what's useful and letting go of the rest. However, trauma gets in the way of this
process. Many of us have experienced traumatic situations in our families of origin,
at school, or at some point in our adult lives, and when memories of emotionally
disturbing or life-threatening situations enter the brain, they're " frozen " so
that adaptive information processing can't occur. These memories stay in an
unprocessed state, and can be triggered by seemingly innocent everyday situations,
like leading a meeting or picking up car keys to take a drive. EMDR can " unfreeze "
the unprocessed memories in a safe, supportive environment so they can be
processed and resolved.
I'd been working with clients on their anxiety, panic, depression, grief, and low
self-esteem for years, but recently was trained in EMDR, and am encouraged to see
clients experiencing new hope and freedom to function in healthier ways. EMDR
encourages a client to focus briefly on a traumatic memory while experiencing
bilateral stimulation (eye movements, taps, or sounds on alternating sides of
the body), which allows the brain to " digest " and reprocess traumatic memories,
leading to a reduction in negative emotions and beliefs associated with those
memories. EMDR has proven especially helpful when a person logically knows
what's true (for example, " I am safe now " or " I am good enough regardless " ,)
but their emotions are telling them the opposite. EMDR doesn't change what
happened in the past, but it changes how the nervous system holds those memories,
resulting in an increased ability to function well in daily life. Interestingly, EMDR
doesn't require talking in detail about upsetting memories, and it can work more
efficiently than traditional talk therapy.
It's a joy and a privilege to witness clients gaining hope and moving beyond
their past towards mental and emotional wholeness. You can find more
information about EMDR at www.emdria.org. Samaritan now has two therapists
(Britany Anderson and myself) whom are trained to provide EMDR therapy, and
we welcome you to reach out if you would like to explore this option with us.
2023 Board of
Directors and Staff
2023 Board of Directors
James Rowley, Chair
Dan Falvey, Vice Chair
Steve Welch, Treasurer
Sarah Teichmann, Secretary
Alejandro Amill-Rosario
Lauren Bovard
R. Nick Hernandez
Karen Horsey
Jodi Kreider
Andrew Mead
Jeremy Nesmith
Nick Paulukow
Todd Reinhart
Steven Schedler
Robert Thomas
Melissa A. Tribuzio
2023 Clinical Staff
Britany Miley Anderson, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Bridget Asempapa, PhD, NCC - Pre-Licensed Professional
Kristen Bascelli, MS, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Andrew Bland, PhD - Licensed Psychologist
Mary Frey, MS, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Karen Gray, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Shelby Hardy, PhD - Licensed Psychologist
Lesley Huff, PsyD - Licensed Psychologist
Judy Jakubowicz, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Elizabeth Jones, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Ellen Kanagy, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Heidi Kanagy, MSW, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
Judith Kennedy, MS, MA, NCC, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Renee Kurz, LPC, BC-DMT - Licensed Professional Counselor
Kathryn Landis, MSW, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
Deborah Miller, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Valerie Minnich, PhD, LPC, NCC, CAADC - Clinical Director of TeenHope
Joanne Rohrer Morton, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
Beth Mull, PsyD - Licensed Psychologist
Carolyn Rittenhouse, MSW
Rebecca Sanstead, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
Dustin Sauder, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
Steven Schedler, LCSW, CAADC, CCS - Executive Director
Michael Shook, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Wendy Stivers, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
Josh Tonkay - Masters Candidate Therapist
Samantha VanBuskirk, LSW - Licensed Social Worker
2023 Program Staff & Independent Contractors
Beth Beam, Partnering Consultant
Sarah Bedsaul, Partnering Consultant
Lori Berquist, Partnering Consultant
Mindi Burke, Business Consulting
Deborah Evans, Clergy & Congregation Care
David King, Partnering Consultant
Joy McFerren, Business Consulting
David Nice, Business Consulting
Karen Sheehe, Partnering Career & Retirement Coach
Karen Snyder, Partnering Consultant
Scott Snyder, Director of Consulting
Jim Weischedel, Business Consulting
2023 Clergy & CongregationStaff
Beverly Andrews, Partnering Clergy Group Facilitator
Carolene Brubaker, Spiritual Director & Clergy Group Facilitator
Jimmy Elsner, Partnering Spiritual Director
David Harris, Partnering Leadership Coach & Consultant
Jon Heinly, Partnering Consultant & Trainer
Lesley Huff, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
Jennifer Leiter, Partnering Spiritual Director & Life Coach
David Lovelace, Partnering Leadership Coach & Consultant
Jonathan Matías, Partnering Consultant & Trainer
David Miron, Partnering Consultant & Educator
Doug Ockrymiek, Partnering Spiritual Director
Jonathan Woodall, Partnering Consultant & Trainer
2023 Administrative Staff
Jeannie Bartlett, Development Officer
Kristine Campion, Administrative Manager
Jimmy Elsner, Operations Manager
Anita Hanna, Director of Development
Nicole Hoshour, Finance Manager
Michelle Martinez, Client Services Coordinator
Aventina Russell, Client Services Coordinator
Annie Zimmerman, Development & Marketing Coordinator
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