Sunshine Coast, a Leading Trauma and PTSD Treatment Program in Canada, Announces New Post on EMDR Therapy

Friday, November 30, 2018 Mental Health News
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Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a leading trauma and PTSD treatment program in Canada, based in Powell River, British Columbia. The company has announced a new post to its blog on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a promising treatment for trauma, PTSD, and even substance abuse.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sunshine Coast Health Centre, a leading trauma and PTSD

treatment program in Canada, based in Powell River, British Columbia, is excited to announce a new post to their blog on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a promising treatment for trauma, PTSD, and even substance abuse. Sunshine Coast is at the forefront of evidence-based methodologies for persons suffering from trauma and PTSD.

"EMDR is an innovative therapy that is both counterintuitive yet evidence-based," explained Casey Jordan, Chief Marketing Officer. "Our blog post summarizes recent research that shows promising results when EMDR is applied to persons who have suffered trauma, including trauma that may be intertwined with alcohol, drug, or other types of substance abuse (but not necessarily)."

To read the post, entitled, "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)," visit The article has links to more resources on the Internet. Persons looking for residential trauma and/or PTSD treatment centers in Canada are also referred to the informational pages on PTSD ( and trauma ( Those who are ready to take the next step are urged to reach out for a complementary, confidential phone assessment by clicking up to the "contact" button on the website or calling the toll free "help line" at 866-487-9010. Those looking for a Canada-wide directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs can visit the company's sister website at


Here is background on this release. There is a growing crisis in Canada with respect to trauma and PTSD. Many of the persons struggling with trauma and PTSD are "first responders," but many others have suffered childhood or sexual trauma, or other forms of psychological trauma. Some, but not all, may turn to drugs or alcohol and thus need help with drug or alcohol dependency issues. All will benefit from evidence-based methodologies, and since all types of rehabilitation programs are decidedly not "one size fits all," a person who is suffering from drugs, alcohol, substance-dependency, trauma, and/or PTSD is well-advised to do some research and identify a program that is most likely to fit their personal needs and beliefs.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that has been proven effective for trauma therapy and anxiety. It originated in California when psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro went for a walk in the woods and found her anxiety lessened after she had been moving her eyes back and observing her surroundings. This initial idea led her to try out methods with her clients who also felt better. Two years later in 1989, the first study was published on EMDR and research has continued since. Although Shapiro focused on EMDR's capacity to ease anxiety and PTSD, other therapists have used it for conditions like depression and addiction.

In summary, the new blog post is a quick summary for persons who may have heard about EMDR and might want to explore it as one option, among many, when considering programs to deal with trauma and PTSD. Above all, interested persons are urged to reach out to a trained professional for an initial assessment and possible therapy.


Sunshine Coast Health Centre is a 42-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility exclusively designed for men, officially opened on the 15th of March 2004. The Centre has a philosophy of care that goes beyond just addiction to include personal transformation based on three key therapeutic principles: interpersonal relatedness, self definition (autonomy & competence), and intrinsic motivation. The Centre offers both drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment near Vancouver, BC, but serving patients across Canada, particularly British Columbia and Alberta and cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. Sunshine Coast Health Centre uses a form of drug rehabilitation based on the research of Viktor Frankl and methodology of Paul T.P. Wong, namely 'Meaning ­Centered Therapy'.



SOURCE Sunshine Coast Health Centre

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