EMDR Specialist Laramie WY

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.

Christopher B Reyburn
(307) 742-6222
1277 N 15th St
Laramie, WY
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Stephen J. Goldman
(307) 760-1257
P.O. Box 238
Laramie, WY
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Akron
Credentialed Since: 1984-10-16

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Laramie Vocational Practical Nursing
(307) 742-2141
255 N 30th St
Laramie, WY
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Physical Therapist

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Mary Donovan Moreno
(307) 721-0700
1465 N 4th St
Laramie, WY
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Psychiatry

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Pendley & Associates Inc
(307) 742-6222
1277 N 15th St
Laramie, WY
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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James Brent Page
(307) 721-0700
1465 N 4th St Ste 119
Laramie, WY
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Psychiatry

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Pathways
(307) 721-0700
1465 N 4th St Ste 119
Laramie, WY
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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R. Leo Sprinkle
(307) 721-5125
1277 North 15th Street
Laramie, WY
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Individual Psychotherapy, Career Assessment and Counseling
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Missouri - Columbia
Credentialed Since: 1978-05-05

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Peak Wellness Center
(307) 745-8915
1263 N 15th St
Laramie, WY
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Mental Health Professional

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Brett Deacon, PhD
(307) 766-3317
1000 E University Ave Dept
Laramie, WY

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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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