EMDR Specialist Jackson MS

By Ramona Morris Flames licked at the top of the building, and adrenaline coursed through his veins. Joe Rumson* was a firefighter in training. The heat made him sweat, the gear weighed him down but, he reminded himself, it was a practice run, not the real deal. But then, something went horribly wrong. The fire raged out of control and took the lives of some of his fellow firemen.

Joseph Allen Kwentus
(601) 420-5810
3531 Lakeland Drive
Flowood, MS
Specialty
Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Neuropsychiatry

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Memorial Behavioral Health
(601) 939-8833
4 River Bend Pl
Flowood, MS
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Shephearst Meadows Llc
(601) 933-1136
513 Keywood Cir
Flowood, MS
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Sudhakar Madakasira
(601) 664-1001
2540 Flowood Dr
Flowood, MS
Specialty
Psychiatry

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James R. Baugh
(601) 932-6735
2540 Flowood Drive
Flowood, MS
Services
Couples Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Louisiana State University
Credentialed Since: 1975-03-20

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Rodrigo M Galvez
(601) 932-0973
3531 Lakeland Dr
Flowood, MS
Specialty
Psychiatry

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John Wilkaitis
(601) 936-6781
3531 Lakeland Dr
Jackson, MS
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Psycamore Partial
(601) 939-5993
2540 Flowood Dr
Flowood, MS
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Mental Health Professional

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Huff Bobby Clpc
(601) 355-5600
2 Old River Pl
Jackson, MS
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist

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C. Gerald O'Brien
(601) 664-6730
640 Lakeland East Dr
Jackson, MS
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Stress Management or Pain Management, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Louisville
Credentialed Since: 1999-04-20

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Life Beyond Trauma

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By Ramona Morris

Flames licked at the top of the building, and adrenaline coursed through his veins. Joe Rumson∗ was a firefighter in training. The heat made him sweat, the gear weighed him down but, he reminded himself, it was a practice run, not the real deal. But then, something went horribly wrong. The fire raged out of control and took the lives of some of his fellow firemen. Joe got out alive but couldn’t shake the feeling that he was somehow responsible for their deaths.

Flashbacks of the fire haunted him every day—debilitating nightmares, panic attacks, and pain from physical injuries that had already healed overwhelmed him. And he found it impossible to return to work.

“He couldn’t go into enclosed spaces outside of his own home—like a shopping mall—without feeling like he was going to die,” says Nancy Smyth, PhD, LCSW, the psychologist who later treated Joe for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet after a few sessions of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (better known as EMDR), all of his symptoms disappeared—for good. He returned to work, fully functional: a miraculous recovery.

The eyes have it
Francine Shapiro, MD, discovered EMDR quite by accident. In the late 1980s she realized that when she moved her eyes a certain way, negative feelings associated with particularly disturbing memories diminished. She performed some promising experiments, case studies followed, and soon a new technique was born. The EMDR International Association estimates that more than 2 million people have now benefited from the therapy.

For many, the EMDR process sounds, well, a tad wacky. “I usually start by acknowledging that it does sound pretty strange,” says Smyth, who has used EMDR in her practice for 11 years. During sessions, patients are asked to recall painful memories—or to pay attention to a powerful feeling they’re experiencing that may or may not be attached to a memory—while following their therapist’s fingers back and forth, or listening to alternating tones in headphones.

Whatever the stimulus, says Smyth, EMDR activates both sides of the brain. The therapist encourages the patient to simply notice—without reacting to—whatever comes up. “It’s like mindfulness,” she explains. “You just let your mind and body go and follow the chain of associations.” Patients report back to the therapist—briefly, during short breaks—what they are feeling.

The result? “EMDR assists the body-mind to process traumas that have essentially been blocked off behind a psychological wall,” says Amy Thompson, MA, a psychotherapist and founder of the Koru Institute in Denver. When you’re in crisis mode, you activate a different part of your brain than when you’re just doing the laundry. The crisis memory gets stored into an emotionally loaded part of the brain, rather than a logical and analytical one. It’s why patients often feel they are reliving the trauma exactly as it originally happened (even after years have passed) without ...

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