Trauma Resolution

Lakeside Behavioral Health System provides specialized treatment for patients who are suffering from psychological trauma. The program is offered to adults and adolescents whose symptoms are related to having experienced traumatic events in their lives. Symptoms may include nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, mood swings, startle reflex, hypervigilence, depression, phobias, anxiety, isolative behavior, sleep disorders, psychic numbing, and other symptoms common in the aftermath of trauma.


  • Survivors of childhood physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
  • Victims of crime such as rape or robbery
  • Individuals who have experienced catastrophic loss, death or abandonment
  • Survivors or car accidents and man-made disasters
  • Persons with high-risk jobs including fire, police, and emergency and rescue workers
  • Survivors of natural disasters
  • Survivors of suicide attempts and/or suicide attempt of family member
  • Witnesses of traumatic events
  • Combat survivors
  • Victims of domestic violence


The trauma treatment program includes didactic, cognitive-behavioral, and emotional integration modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR therapy focuses on memory(s) associated with traumatic events, neutralizing the memory and reducing the related symptoms. For further explanation of the origins and healing potential of EMDR, see or obtain the book Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing by Dr. Francine Shapiro, available at your local bookstore.

The program is offered for adult and adolescent patients in inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment and partial hospitalization (day treatment). Treatment includes an educational component, assistance in identifying key life experiences, which have resulted in negative beliefs and self-defeating behaviors, and assistance in processing and resolving these issues in a safe, supportive environment. Patients are referred to the trauma program by their attending psychiatrist.


The Trauma Resolution program is directed by Kenneth E. Tullis, M.D. Dr. Tullis is certified through the American Society for Addiction Medicine and has been Medical Director of Addiction Services at Lakeside since 1985.

The program is facilitated by Cindy Westcott, LCSW, and affiliates at the Psychological Trauma and Wellness Center of Memphis. Cindy has 18 years of experience as a private practitioner and facilitator of group therapies in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. She has been a Level II EMDR Clinician since 1996 and has facilitated programs at Lakeside since 1994.


In a research initiative at Lakeside conducted in 2002, it was determined that out of 186 patients who completed EMDR in the Lakeside program, 148 (or 80%) reported a complete resolution and neutralization of the traumatic symptoms as well as a more positive cognitive reframing and perspective of the traumatic event.