February 2017 Bulletin 
From the President's Desk: 

Last month Adrienne Brady did something she's been dreaming of for years: she stepped down as president of NAMI Four Seasons and began her new adventure as a free spirited traveler of North America. Although she hasn't motored off in her RV yet, in just a couple months she hits the road for her own Travels with Charlie. (Does anyone remember that delightful book?) I promise to check in on them now and then just to make sure they aren't wandering around in the badlands.
When I first met Adrienne, she was new to the Board of Directors, but quickly became active. Before I knew it-before she knew it, I think-she was our president. What a wonderful leader! Her upbeat attitude never gave a clue to the struggles she faced, but when Adrienne began talking passionately about the needs of people living with mental illness, she shared her own challenges as a caregiver; Adrienne's dedication as our president was only exceeded by her dedication as a mother.
While serving on the board together, Adrienne became my friend and mentor. Even though I was very sick when we met, she never once condescended to me-always making it clear she saw me, who I am, not my illness. The quality of her support for me demonstrated her attitude toward people living with mental illness: we are not our illnesses, and we are not inferiors.
It's hard to follow such a tough act, but I have a great board of Directors with individuals who have valuable skill sets and even more valuable enthusiasm. Together we hope to grow our organization into the vital community asset it has the potential to be. Someday, I believe, Adrienne will drop by on her way somewhere, and we want to make her proud.
Lisa A. Wilt
President, NAMI Four Seasons

What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
A Powerful Psychotherapy Approach

Sherry A. McKisson, Licensed Professional Counselor,
Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist


Tuesday, March 14th
6 - 7:30pm

St. James Episcopal Church
766 N Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792  

What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychotherapy approach that has helped over two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. Developed in 1987 by Dr. Francine Shapiro when she observed (by chance) that eye movements can reduce the intensity of disturbing thoughts, under certain conditions.

Today, EMDR has developed into set of standardized protocols that incorporate many different treatment approaches, utilized by trained professionals who assist with healing from many distressing conditions.
It has been designated as an effective treatment by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and more.
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for post traumatic stress; clinicians have also reported success using EMDR in the treatment of:
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
EMDR addresses other conditions not indicated on list.
EMDR appears to have an effect on the way the brain processes information, similar to what happens naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
Put simply, when a disturbing or distressing event happens it gets stored in the brain in a way that can create on-going feelings of impending danger or distress. We can be triggered by something that reminds us of this event and believe that the event will happen again, or is happening now. EMDR helps to move the storage of that memory to a more functional part of the brain that can experience the event as actually being in the past. This processing allows us to react in the present, without interference from the past. Essentially, EMDR allows the brain to problem solve and heal.
Sherry A. McKisson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in private practice in Hendersonville. She is a Certified EMDR therapist and an Approved EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association) Consultant.

Directions to St. James Episcopal Church:

Heading east on 6th Ave:
Cross Main St. Take next left onto N. King. Cross 7th Ave. Immediate right turn into church driveway.
From Four Seasons:
Turn right onto N. King. Cross 7th Ave. Take immediate right into church driveway.

Park in side lot. Use side entrance. Go to the left. Go through door. The Trinity room is the large classroom with two doors at that end of the hall.

Bathrooms are at the other end of the hall, on left.

This educational presentation is presented by NAMI Four Seasons and is free and open to the public.

Click the box below to visit our website:


Classes begin February 27th and end April 6th 2017

Mondays and Thursdays 6pm to 8:30pm-Henderson County

Advanced registration required:
Call Charlie Moreland: (828)-768-4895
The 12-session Family-to-Family Course provides participants with vital Information, insight and understanding of their mentally ill loved one(s) that many describe as life changing.
The classes are extremely informative and can help a person to understand and empathize with their loved one. They provide information on medications, new treatment modalities, handling crises, communication techniques, self-care and more.
Class size is limited so don't delay!


NAMI Connection Launched!
On Thursday, January 12th, we conducted our first NAMI Connection meeting, a free, facilitator-led, peer-to-peer support group for adults living with mental illness. Leading up to the meeting, team members hung promotional fliers at numerous locations and a press release was sent to three local papers.
For our inaugural session, we attracted five members from the community. The meeting was also attended by Lisa Royals and Julia Cart (trained facilitators) and Nancy Keswani (NAMI Four Seasons BOD member).
Our plan is to conduct NAMI Connection the first Thursday of every month at First Congregational in Laurel Park.
6:30 - 8:00 pm

First Congregational United Church of Christ
1735 5th Ave West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

As Adrienne pointed out, it can take a bit of time for a support group to become established. We believe we are off to a good start!

Family Support Group 
Henderson & Polk Counties
Grace Lutheran Church
1245 Sixth Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28791
Fourth Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

A support group for friends and family members who have a loved one with a mental illness.

The next Family Support Group is on:
Saturday, February 25, 2017

For More Information: 

NAMI Four Seasons is a grassroots affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI North Carolina serving
Henderson and Polk Counties. Our mission is to provide support, education and advocacy for families affected by mental illness in our local communities, and to advocate for quality of life without stigma or discrimination. For more information visit our website:

Nami Four Seasons | PO Box 2108 | Hendersonville | NC | 28793-2108