Jed Turnbull, LCSW, C.Ht.
Jed is a licensed psychotherapist in full-time private practice. He lives and works in New York City. He has been formally interested in UFO and alien abduction phenomena for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, Jed has volunteered as the clinical advisor to Budd Hopkins’ Intruders Foundation, where he currently continues to lend his professional therapeutic skills. More recently, he has become the go-to guy for the NY-SPI team whenever a case presents itself in need of his expertise. Jed brings a wide range of training to his work. He holds a master’s degree in social work, and has three years post-graduate education in psychoanalytic studies. He is a certified hypnotherapist, Level II EMDR (an advanced treatment for trauma) practitioner, and has advanced training in relationship counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group dynamics. Currently, his study concentration has been in evolutionary psychology and belief systems.
As an American Red Cross, Disaster Mental Health volunteer, Jed continues to work extensively treating people in crisis. Since 2001, he has helped members of the NYPD, FDNY, and the families of victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. Effectively treating trauma has given Jed deep insights into the strengths and spirit of all human beings. Often, people who have seen something they cannot explain, like a UFO, seek help in dealing with such a remarkable experience. “PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is very common among these individuals,” according to Jed. “Imagine what it would really be like, if you have a normal, everyday life in every way, and out of nowhere you experience a UFO sighting, or worse, an abduction. In truth, it would be very unusual, even traumatic, and for some, it is extremely so.”
Jed provides hypnotherapy regressions for those seeking deeper answers to what may have happened to them. Over the course of studying UFO phenomena, he has come to realize that there is something very compelling about these experiences, and that many questions remain. “Many individuals are seeking concrete answers to what might be happening to them, and we have to assure them that, even though we have yet to fully understand what is going on ourselves, we are doing everything possible to try and provide some of those answers,” he says. “But until that time comes, all we as therapists can do is ask them to try and make peace with the uncertainties — and to always try and remember, that there are many here who do take them seriously, and I am one of them.”
Another part of Jed’s interest is to enlighten the mental heath professional community in becoming more aware of the needs of individuals who may one day seek their help after having a UFO experience. “Many of my colleagues in the helping professions are unaware that these UFO/abduction experiences are very real to people,” he comments. “Unfortunately, individuals who seek help in understanding what has happened to them, who then meet an un-empathetic therapist, stand the chance of being re-traumatized. Moreover, it is our duty to create a safe, consistent, and non-judgmental place for these frightened individuals. Needless to say, there is a lot of work ahead of us.”
Jed also sees people with more “earthly” issues in his private practice. “Oh yes,” he says. “Most of the people I see come for what one would call more ‘typical’ concerns — quality of life stuff, work-related matters, relationship problems and of course deeper emotional disorders. However,” he states, “it’s the UFO/abduction individuals who only wish their lives were just that common again.”
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