EMDR Specialist Merrick NY

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.

Moroke Mental Health Assoc of Nassau
(516) 771-0775
2421 Babylon Tpke
Merrick, NY
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Mental Health Professional

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Andrew A Kent
(516) 379-5900
1841 Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY
Specialty
Child Psychiatry

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Megellan Behavioral Health
(516) 378-4228
3001 Hewlett Ave
Merrick, NY
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Benjamin Hirsch
(516) 485-4080
Psychological Resources, P.C.
East Meadow, NY
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Hofstra University
Credentialed Since: 1975-10-28

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Kenneth Skodnek
(516) 572-6511
2201 Hempstead Tpke
East Meadow, NY
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Richard J. Altshuler
(516) 379-4414
1955 Merrick Rd, Ste 204
Merrick, NY
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
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Doctoral Program: Hofstra University
Credentialed Since: 1975-10-28

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Mansour (Max) Banilivy
(516) 627-9432
2615 S Merrick Ave
Merrick, NY
Services
Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Family Psychotherapy, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
Farsi
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Oklahoma State University
Credentialed Since: 1984-11-05

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Sycamore Place Residence
(516) 867-9016
1449 Sycamore Ave
Merrick, NY
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Mental Health Professional

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Bruce A. Levine
(516) 221-0808
2565 Glenn Drive
Bellmore, NY
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Hofstra University
Credentialed Since: 1975-02-14

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Mary Spitaletta
(516) 572-6131
2201 Hempstead Tpke
East Meadow, NY
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Psychiatry

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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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