June/July 2017 Bulletin 
From the President's Desk: 

Dear NAMI Four Seasons members:

Instead of reading a letter from me, please take this time to write an informed letter to our legislative representatives protesting cuts to health insurance, especially for preexisting conditions like mental illness. 

Senator Richard Burr
Federal Building
151 Patton Avenue
Suite 204
Asheville, NC 28801
Senator Thom Tillis
9300 Harris Corners Pkwy
Suite 170
Charlotte, NC 28269
Congressman Mark Meadows
200 N Grove St #90
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Representative Chuck McGrady
PO Box 723
Hendersonville , NC 28793


Lisa A. Wilt
President, NAMI Four Seasons


Free Informational Talk  
Tuesday, June 13th  
6 - 7:30pm

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

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

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


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:


"Reducing Mental Illness in Jails with Evidence":
The Stepping Up program in North Carolina
(from www.northcarolinahealthnews.org May 7, 2017)

According to Richard Cho, director of Behavioral Health at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, "County jails across our country are the largest providers of residential mental health care." And because of this fact, The Stepping Up initiative was developed in our state.

Stepping Up is a data based program that helps counties in North Carolina track outcomes on people with mental illnesses coming in and out of their jail systems. "The idea is that when there is actual data, counties will be able to determine what programs and changes provide results for those suffering with mental illness."

Currently, many counties, like Henderson County, have put funds toward different responses to mental illness in jails by developing a variety of programs, reentry services, community-based treatment, and police mental health training to curb this growing concern. These strategies are and will continue to be important; however, Stepping Up can quantify what is the actual number of people in jail today and can show future improvement by using the data to drive decision making and develop specific strategies to reduce those numbers. In other words, we will no longer have to "guess" what the needs are. Stepping Up provides tools and questions that county leaders should be asking themselves about mental health services, and federal grants are available to assist with the data tracking.

So far 41 counties are participating in North Carolina. The State Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is hosting the Stepping Up Summit in Raleigh on May 16th.

For more information see the following link:


Fundraising & Outreach

Many thanks to Greg Paul, Paul Speranza, the employees at Carolina ACE Hardware & Garden Center and NAMI Four Seasons Board members, Richard Adelmann, Nancy Keswani, Valerie Holcombe and Patsy Panther for their work with our annual collaborative fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th! We were able to speak with many members of our community about mental health and the services we provide.

It's been a busy spring!
  THANK YOU to Belk Department stores for hosting our NAMI Four Seasons Fundraising and also to our bank, First Citizens Bank for allowing us to host parking for the annual Hendersonville Garden Jubilee Festival!  

Join us at Ianucci's for 10% Tuesday

Tuesday, June 27
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Take out all day in the Hendersonville Iannucci's Restaurant 
Any purchase made and Ianucci's will generously donate a portion of the day's proceeds to NAMI Four Seasons to help support, educate & advocate for the mentally ill living in Henderson and Polk counties.
Come meet the members of the board between 5:30 and 7:00.


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, June 24, 2017

NAMI Connection
is a free, facilitator-led, peer-to-peer support group for adults living with mental illness. 

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
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