I stepped off the elevator into a too familiar place; the Burn Unit of the University of Cincinnati Hospital. A few years before, I had spent 16 days as their patient after an accident that left me with third degree burns.
I was there to see a church members. On my way, I passed a room where a lady sat in the haze that I had endured during my stay. I remembered the doctor telling me that he could not stop the pain, but hoped that, with pain killers, I could endure it. I recalled the pain and the hallucinations caused by morphine.
I found the man in his room, in the same haze as the lady and me. I completed the visit and returned to my car. Immediately, I called my wife to talk about it. Later, at my office, I could not talk about anything else. By late afternoon I realized I was having symptoms of PTSD. So I called Ruth Ellerbush.
Ruth and I had met a few years earlier at church. She told me about EMDR, so I investigated it. A friend, a licensed therapist, wrote a major paper on EMDR in grad school. He laughingly concluded that the only criticism made about EMDR is that it works too well and too fast.
Ruth made time for me. We met and one hour later my PTSD symptoms were greatly diminished. She provided materials to help me should the symptoms return. I used them and they, too, worked remarkably well.
A few years later, my wife died unexpectedly. I contacted Ruth again and after our time I achieved the same incredible results. Not that my grief ended, but the anxiety about the sudden shock of her death did.
I recommend Ruth Ellerbush and her EMDR techniques to everyone. A highly skilled professional, Ruth is kind, caring, comforting and nonjudgmental. If you too have ongoing pain from a tragic event, whether recently or years ago, contact Ruth. You'll be glad you did.