Niagara Stress & Trauma Clinic:
93 Ontario Street, Unit 201, St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 5J7
Office: (905) 687-6866    Fax: (905) 687-6865

FOR REFERRING PHYSICIANS SERVICES

EMDR is now included in the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Patients with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2004)

The majority of our clients come to us on the advice of their physician, so we take pains at the NSTC to encourage and develop our referral relationships with Niagara's doctors. While a physician's referral is not necessary, the doctor is often the first person to be consulted about stress, so we want to give you up-to-date alternatives to offer your patients. We can provide some specific communication links which serve to increase the continuity of care for each referred patient. This communication is, of course, dependent on the informed consent of the patient. Many patients want this communication between their doctor and their psychotherapist, however-they want the 'left hand to know what the right hand is doing'.

If your patient comes to you with symptoms from stress or trauma, and you refer them to the NSTC, we ask for their written permission to contact you by fax. If they agree, we send periodic progress notes about the therapy for inclusion in their medical file. This way, you can stay informed about the progress of therapy, in the course of your medical care, and you can fax information, direction and questions to us, in turn. With this kind of communication link you patients will feel cared for and understood. As therapists, we can also benefit from any direction or suggestion that you might have about your patient's care with us, and information concerning any medications. Our clients are informed that they may request to see any note that is forwarded to their doctor.

You can make referrals by fax or voice-mail. We would also be happy to provide you with physician-specific information about EMDR Because EMDR is a relatively new therapy, we want to make sure you have the information you need about it (we can also offer a short Powerpoint Presentation designed specifically for physicians). EMDR is no longer seen as an 'experimental therapy'-in the APA's 2004 Practice Guidelines, EMDR is given the same effectiveness rating as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of chronic and acute PTSD. EMDR is similarly recognized in the United Kingdom (Department of Health, 2001), Holland (2003), and Israel (2002). Finally, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) designates EMDR as an effective treatment for posttraumatic stress (2000).