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Farnsworth E. Lobenstine, LICSW                                     

Farnsworth Lobenstine

Farnsworth is on the national faculty of the EMDR Institute, serving as a Facilitator since 2001. He has been an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant since 2003. He has been a Facilitator and Consultant for EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) since 2005. Farnsworth has led no-fee EMDR Study Groups since 1999 and has provided Individual and Group Consultation services since 2003. He is in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he works with children 10-12, adolescents and adults.

Farnsworth made EMDR training accessible to community mental health center clinicians in Western Massachusetts by arranging for low-cost trainings sponsored by Brightside for Families and Children and the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program in 1999 and 2000. He has since sponsored the following clinical trainings in Amherst: Shirley Jean Schmidt’s Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy in May 2003; April Steele’s Developing A Secure Self in June 2006; George Abbott’s Four Strategies for Selecting Treatment Targets in EMDR in September 2007 and May 2008; and Ana Gomez’ STEP by STEP: Making EMDR Treatment and Effective and Developmentally Appropriate for Children and Adolescents in October 2009. In November 2010, he will bring Sandra Paulsen to Amherst for Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: Ego State Therapy and Somatic Methods for EMDR Practitioners.

Farnsworth has been closely involved with the development of a vibrant EMDR community here in the Pioneer Valley, the Western Massachusetts EMDRIA Regional Meeting. He and a colleague conceived of the first annual local conference sponsored by the Regional Meeting, Working with Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, in the spring of 2005. He was part of the Steering Committee for the next five conferences as well. He developed and maintains the Directory of EMDR Trained Clinicians in Western Massachusetts. It is now in its Ninth Edition and is available on our website, wmassemdria.com.

Farnsworth graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1969. He worked as a community organizer, hospital social worker, school social worker and clinical social worker before moving to Amherst in 1994. By then his heart was set on clinical social work and he worked for MSPCC, Casey Family Services, and Brightside for Families and Children School Street Counseling Institute before entering private practice in 2001.

Personal Statement

I consider it an extraordinary privilege to work as a psychotherapist, walking for a time with others on their journey towards health and a vibrant life. It is work that brings passion into my life each and every week. My training in EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Energy Psychology, Ego State Therapy and Hypnosis all facilitate my healing work. I am also equally passionate about teaching other clinicians so that they also can work ever more successfully to resolve the traumas and life challenges their clients have experienced.

CLICK HERE to listen to Farnsworth discuss EMDR, PTSD and DID on the Corebrain Journal’s podcast (11/07/2017)

Farnsworth E. Lobenstine, LICSW
1164 South East Street
Amherst, MA 01002
office: (413) 256-EMDR(3637)
fax: (413) 256-6389
email: farnsloben@gmail.com

 

George Abbott, Ph.D. 

George Abbott

George Abbott completed doctoral training at Temple University in Philadelphia. His major professional activities have involved the practice and teaching of clinical hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has lectured and taught on several topics, including EMDR, clinical hypnosis, meditation, stress management, and therapy with adolescents. He formerly taught clinical psychology and child clinical psychology at Smith College.

Dr. Abbott’s primary doctoral research was in the area of hypnotizability and family functioning. Later, in 1992, he founded the Association for the Advancement of Skill in Clinical Hypnosis (AASCH). He published the AASCH Newsletter for 7 years. He continues to serve as the organization’s chairperson.

Dr. Abbott is on the national faculty of the EMDR Institute, and is a certified EMDR Trainer. He has been an EMDR International Association Approved Consultant since 2001. He has presented workshops at the EMDRIA International Conference in 2004 and 2005. Currently, he serves as a national Trainer in the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs.

Dr. Abbott established the Stress Management Program-a mindfulness-based stress reduction course-at Holyoke Medical Center in 1995, and served as the Program’s senior clinician for 10 years. He was honored to deliver the 2007 plenary address, “The Miracle of Mindfulness / The Miracle of EMDR,” at the WMEMDRIA annual conference.

Personal Statement

I have the great fortune to be able to do the work I most love, that is to practice psychotherapy, and to train and consult to others who share this love of healing work across the US. Discovering clinical hypnosis, mindfulness practice, and EMDR in my career has added richness to my professional life, and powerful tools for the practice of healing. I have made it my highest priority to learn these approaches and to bring the fruits of this learning to both clients and colleagues.

George Abbott, Ph.D.

EMDR Trainer for the Humanitarian Assistance Programs
EMDRIA-Approved Consultant
EMDR Institute Facilitator

geabbott@earthlink.net                          413.534.1888