Several years ago, I had lingering pain in my left ankle and went to a podiatrist to find out the reason. The doctor took an x-ray and discovered bone fragments were causing the pain from several previous ankle injuries. He said they would have to be removed in order to restore healthy regulation of the joint. The idea of going through an outpatient procedure did not sit well with me, however, it definitely was worth it in the long run. After the doctors went in, found and removed those fragments, I was able to go on with my life, pain free.
As a licensed psychotherapist I specialize in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy treatment originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories). My role is that of an investigator taking a comprehensive approach, integrating the whole person, mind and body, with her or his parts. This approach assists us in identifying targets of pathology. We “go in,” find those fragments causing pain, and find ways to address them in order to return to function. A subjective, “soft” determinism from an individual interpretation of life’s circumstances leads to better understanding of what needs to be addressed in a collaborative focus.
When people come to me and tell me about painful memories of psychic trauma, it is many times connected to a diagnosis of a personality disorder, eating disorder, substance abuse, suicidal/homicidal ideation, childhood oppositional behavior or obsessive-compulsive disorder. I always ask them where they feel different sensations in their body connected to persistent negative ideation. They may say their chest/heart, head, back or other limbs in their body. The psychic pain is many times connected directly or indirectly to a physical diagnosis with discomfort and disease.
The death of a loved one, divorce, abuse, childhood bullying, combat experiences, hospital procedures (including parents experiencing acute stress when their children are in ICU situations), responsibility for a tragedy, and many other perceived small or large crisis, all lodge for many years in the soft neurological tissues of the brain. It is not uncommon to then experience somatic complaints in organs, soft tissues and joints in the body. The immune system may even be damaged with rampant anti-oxidants that become released through the stress connected with the diagnosis of depression and anxiety.
It therefore makes sense to receive psychotherapy relieving the psychological and physiological symptoms that occur in real life situations. An individual will consequently experience many years of suffering if not treated appropriately.
Ronald Bennett, MS.Ed., LCPC, is a licensed clinical psychological counselor whose office, LifeLine Therapy, is located in our clinic. Ron helps people through a wide range of issues, including ADHD, autism/developmental disorders, alcohol/drug abuse, depression, children of divorce, LGBT issues, PTSD, neglect/abuse, school crisis intervention, and more. He has spent much of his career helping children, students, and families heal, and has recently been working to help law enforcement and first-responder professionals work through traumatic experiences. He can be reached for appointment by phone or email:
815-351-7573 (call or text)