So why does a nurse become an EMDR therapist?

It has been a long journey and one that started in the late 1980’s, when I was working as a mental health nurse in a private psychiatric clinic in the U.K. while doing my OE. The Cardinal Clinic believed strongly in the importance of psychotherapy when treating people experiencing mental distress, so I learnt too of its value. So much so that I started another journey, doing a postgraduate diploma in counselling. Once finished, I decided to incorporate the skills I had learnt into my mental health nursing practice.

Since this formative experience I’ve been working in a number of roles in community settings and through my work with the University of Otago was able to work in a role as a nurse therapist on several psychotherapy research projects exploring whether psychotherapy improved outcomes for people with bipolar disorder.

Lynere Wilson

Ko Hakatere tōku awa

Ko Wakanui tōku hau kāinga

Ko Scotland me Ireland ngā whenua ōku tīpuna

Nō Ōtepoti me Waitaha ahau

He Tangata Tiriti ahau

Ko Lynere Wilson tōku ingoa

With a PhD under my belt, I decided to try out my skills in a primary care setting, that is working with GPs.

Working in primary care really drew my attention even more to how trauma was impacting on people’s wellbeing and in conjunction with reading Bessel van der Kolk’s book The Body Keeps the Score, I decided I wanted to have more effective ways of assisting people to heal from trauma and started my training in EMDR therapy. Alongside my private practice I continue to work part time for Pegasus PHO in the Primary Mental Health team.

As well as mainstream mental health services, I’ve also worked in the not-for-profit mental health sector for mental health peer support organisation.

This led me to becoming involved with Balance Aotearoa and I am a current board member of this organisation. Peer support has much to offer people experiencing mental distress and this is one way that I can continue to contribute to this work.

I am also a long-standing member of Rapaki Māori Women’s Welfare League.

They are a group of wonderfully diverse and talented women. As a pākeha woman within a Māori organisation I am forever grateful for their aroha, awhi and manaaki.

Mā ngā huruhuru ka rere te manu. Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly.

They have indeed helped me to fly.

I grew up in the small rural community of Wakanui near Ashburton and live now semi rurally near Christchurch. Living on a lifestyle block keeps me occupied when not in paid employment! I enjoy the outdoors as well as spending time in my sewing shed.

Lynere Wilson PhD. RN