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Professional Resilience Enhancement Program (PREP)

“What to give light must endure burning.”

                                                                                                                   — VIKTOR FRANKL

Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Program for the Most Dedicated Professionals

Professionals including physicians, dentists and nurses as well accountants, lawyers, and executive officers have unique challenges and struggles emotionally.The demands of their profession as well as people’s image of them as dependable, strong and unbreakable leaders place them in a challenging and vulnerable position. Physicians were initially the target group for our program. However, with some adjustments, this program can be offered to dentists, nurses, pharmacists, lawyers, executive officers, business owners, and other professionals. These professionals usually have a high demanding work schedule and limited time to address their work-life balance and personal/ emotional needs.

You might consider our program and help of our experts if,

As a professional if you are in a demanding job when there is no time for you and your personal life and you have the attitude of “work comes before everything else”.
As a professional you are a perfectionist and you want to get the job done no matter what but now you are facing concerns coming from your partner, family members and close friends.
As a professional you are dealing with self doubt and constant feelings of not being good enough or you haven’t done enough.
As a professional you find yourself constantly in the need of using drugs or other substances to get the work done or be able to relax.

“Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick” .Leaders especially struggle with the notion of dual citizenship.”

                                                                                                                       -Illness as Metaphor, Susan Sontag

The most common impairing conditions are substance abuse and dependence, mood disorders (especially major depressive disorder and bipolar affective disorder), concurrent or comorbid conditions (anxiety and mood disorders plus substance abuse and dependence).
unrelenting situational crises—intense marital and financial stress, burnout, chronic overwork, and fatigue—can cause sufficient distraction, preoccupation, and weariness to impair one’s function.
Therapy will help the professional to understand his vulnerabilities and learn how to detect warning signs to avoid it happening again.

What our program offers,

Our program offers a combination of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mentalization-based Treatment to provide caring, comprehensive, and confidential treatment to medical professionals and executives.
When you first call, you will have a phone consultation with one of our team members to determine suitability. At your first appointment, a member of our team will meet with you. During the initial assessment the nature of what is going on gets further explored and the need for the modality of the therapy needed and if medication assessment is necessary will be determined. Our team work and the involvement of multiple professionals is a unique feature of our program.
The team then develops a step by step treatment plan that specifically addresses the needs of the individual and the family. The treatment plan may combine family and individual therapy. Medications may also be recommended when necessary. You will be informed of the treatment plan before we begin.
For more information and to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation, please contact Steffanie Kelshaw, LPC, CSAC at 571-800-9909 or steffaniekelshawlpc@mountvernoncenter.com.

What are the conditions EMDR Healing Program can treat?

1) The program starts with a comprehensive evaluation of what is going on and what are the major factors that are causing the distress. Our team which includes a skilled Psychologist, a Psychiatrist and a psychotherapist can be involved and consulted and if needed participate in the treatment. If necessary appropriate adjunct psychotherapeutic modalities or medication intervention can be considered. Once other biological and emotional contributing factors were identified and addressed we move forward to EMDR Therapy phase. 2) We process the experiences that are causing you problems, and to include new ones that are needed for full health. “Processing” will set up a learning state that will allow experiences that are causing problems to be “digested” and stored appropriately in your brain. 3) This therapy will leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that lead to healthy, useful behaviors and interactions and your equilibrium will be restored.

Links to research for specific problems?

Depression: The EDEN study: A large multi-site randomized clinical trial conducted in Europe: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29487548 Post-traumatic stress disorder: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29928250 Anxiety and panic: http://www.emdr.com/phobia-and-panic-disorder-studies/ Medical issues: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951033/ EMDR for headaches: http://www.emdrwest.com/Articles/emdr-migrainesStudy.pdf Medically Unexplained symptoms: http://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgremdr/3/4/248 EMDR Group: Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, Volume 12, Number 3, 2018 EMDR International Association. Roberts, A http:// dx. doi. org/ 10. 1891/ 1933- 3196. 12. 3. 105

Program Leader Amanda Roberts Ph,D, MA Clinical Psychologist Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Dr. Amanda Roberts has 34 years of experience in the mental health field and 20 years of deep immersion and expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR.

EMDR is a robust evidence-based psychotherapy approach that is cost effective, culturally portable and endorsed by the World Health Organization. The approach is used to treat many conditions ranging from trauma with all of its complexities, to addictions, chronic pain, migraines, phobias, problematic behaviors, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. Dr. Roberts is also trained in hypnosis and a variety of mind-body modalities. She has a growing interest in the neurobiological basis of effective psychotherapies and, in particular, neuroplasticity.

Dr. Roberts’ approach is one of warmth, compassion and respect for the strengths within the person with the firm conviction that effective therapy involves a collaborative partnership informed by the patient’s innate wisdom and resilience. It is the quality of the therapeutic relationship based on a foundation of trust, safety and a caring connection that provides the most curative element in treatment. She is known for her creativity, passion, fearlessness, easy humor and deep commitment to the welfare of her patients. Your work with her will be solution focused, equip you with tools for living your life more joyfully and freely and will involve a practical problem-solving approach.

I worked with Dr. Amanda Roberts for several months in the spring and summer of 2018. Beginning with the initial session, and deepening over the subsequent months, she created and held a welcoming, open, trusting, and very deep space for our sessions together. She is a truly extraordinary and experienced therapist, with keen intuitions and insights. Together we established a very clear path and continuity in our sessions. She provided exceptional support and encouragement to explore underlying issues and themes. Our work was both enlightening and transformative. In summary, I cannot recommend Dr. Roberts highly enough. Anonymous

Amanda Roberts is a gifted, kind, professional, rare kind of healer. I began treatment with Amanda in order to address the migraines I had developed in recent years. In the course of our work together, I was thrilled to discover what a powerful intervention EMDR can be, not only for migraine, but for trauma residue of various kinds, and for the constitutional anxiety I have had my whole life. Amanda brought her deep experience with EMDR and brain science into every session, and her passion for the work shone through. She is part teacher, part scientist, and a little bit magician! Targeting trauma and distress directly using EMDR proved remarkably, fascinatingly effective. I loved that it worked without much talk at all! It was strangely fun, safe, and peaceful; it amazed me every time. EMDR was useful both with present time material (e.g. my mother died during the period I was working with Amanda) and with old, sometimes pre-verbal memories and patterns. Amanda’s work with pain is multifaceted, so in the case of migraine for me, she included EMDR, guided imagery, meditation, and hypnosis. Both state anxiety (response to stimulus in the present moment) and trait anxiety (chronic anxiety disorder) have been so reduced in me that my friends and spouse remark on it, and my life is simply much more manageable. I am more grounded and more resilient. Amanda is a winner. I highly recommend her, and the wonderful, life-changing work she offers. J.S., Ph.D.

In Dr. Roberts, I found a strong, caring and brilliant advisor. She provided guidance through an extremely challenging time in my life. Dr. Roberts came recommended as a successful therapist who specializes in EMDR to treat PTSD and is good with cancer patients. At the time, I was experiencing a litany of major life stressors: brain cancer, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, childhood trauma, work and marriage issues. I was properly skeptical of Dr. Roberts and EMDR when we first met—and that all changed. Dr. Roberts took the long road and over two years together we hit multiple milestones. Her receptiveness allowed me to give voice to my issues. Her responsiveness allowed me to better understand those issues. She improved my sense of self-worth, validated my struggles, and acknowledged my accomplishments. Using EMDR and her therapy methods, Dr. Roberts helped resolve long held childhood issues, reduce the trauma of brain surgery, lower the stress of living with cancer, and create space for deeper contemplation of self in relationship issues. Dr. Roberts was an integral part of my recovery. I believe she has much to offer and I am grateful for her help in navigating the difficult terrain in life’s journey. Anonymous survivor of childhood abuse and cancer

I have collaborated with Dr. Roberts in multiple roles and observed that she operates at a level of excellence in all that she does and achieves. Dr. Roberts is universally highly regarded, respected, and liked by colleagues, clients and other stakeholders. Dr Roberts is a joy to work alongside. She is warm, thoughtful and engaging in interaction. If you ever need someone to watch your back in a difficult situation, I can’t think of a more genuine and effective person. Dr Roberts excels in her capacity to think through, understand, and respond effectively with the most complex of cases. She presents with the highest standards of ethical practice in her own work and similarly expects the highest standards of ethics of others. Professor Ian Barron of the University of Massachusetts. Center for International Studies EMDR colleague/researcher and consultant

To find out more about EMDR individual therapy and EMDR groups, as well as, consultation for EMDR clinicians call Dr. Amanda Roberts at Mount Vernon Counseling Center, in Alexandria VA.

Contact us for a free consultation by phone : (571) 800-9909


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