Western Carolina Psychiatric Associates
Western Carolina Psychiatric is here to assist in meeting your emotional and relation needs, as well as your family’s.
We realized the needs of individuals and families vary widely, which is why our highly qualified and licensed team members personalize treatment to fit each client.
- David Simons, Physician Assistant
- Jennifer Duffie, LISW-CP
- Peggy Manalich, LISW-CP
- Kelly Gallagher Kiley, LISW-CP
CounselingOur licensed, professional counselors have been trained to provide psychotherapy to treat a variety of issues and see patients from the age of 4 and above. Our counselors provide treatment for a variety of emotional, behavioral and relational issues. Examples of issues that are generally presented are:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Parent-Child conflict
- Conflict at work
- Marital discord
- Substance addiction
- Communication problems
- Identity and personal growth
- Eating disorders
- Anger management
Alcohol and Drug Services
Employees who are referred for substance abuse counseling by a mandatory request from their employer will follow a treatment plan established by their counselor. Treatment planning includes an initial assessment to determine the level of intervention that is required and periodic reporting to the employer. Counselors can also coordinate random drug screenings.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Western Carolina Psychiatric offers a specific type of treatment called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a powerful method of psychotherapy that helps people of all ages relive many types of psychological distress.
How Does EMDR Work?
When a person is very upset their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have a lasting, negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Following successful EMDR sessions, a person no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings when the event is brought to mind. They still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR can be though of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new, and less distressing, way.
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Complicated grief
- Physical abuse
- Dissociative disorders
- Sexual abuse
- Pain disorders
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Panic attacks