At Erie Family Health Center, our health care practices go above and beyond the standard. As we provide each individual patient with the quality care they deserve, we also look beyond the symptoms and try to find new and innovative ways to address each patient’s health care concerns and needs. Each and every day is another opportunity for Erie to discover new and better ways to care for all of its patients.
Lynette Suarez is one Erie provider that fully understands the importance of looking outside the box for other methods of treatment. Lynette is a Behavioral Therapist who devotes her time counseling Erie’s HIV/AIDS patients in the Lending Hands for Life Program, located at Erie Humboldt Park Health Center. Since coming to Erie, Lynette began employing a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) into her practice. This technique is utilized as a different approach to treating the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lynette has used this approach as an alternative method to care for her patients, many of whom are suffering from symptoms of PTSD.
EMDR is an information processing therapy that gives the brain the opportunity to reprocess a negative experience. Traumatic events can become locked in the brain with the original thoughts, smells, sounds and visuals. EMDR allows patients to replace old, negative memories that were created at the time of the event with a new and more adaptive perception that helps to change the way the experience affects the patient. “The HIV diagnosis in itself can be traumatic and this technique has been useful in diminishing the negative feelings and thoughts affiliated with the diagnosis, allowing the patient to move forward in their lives without the thought of HIV constantly being at the forefront,” says Lynette.