PTSD is realAnger, irritability, stress, nightmares, vivid memories, sarcasm, inability to separate work and family. These are real. You are not crazy, weak or a failure.
As a 911 dispatcher, firefighter, police officer, EMT, nurse, doctor, or therapist, you are the one people know they can rely on to stay calm in very difficult situations. Feelings such as anger, anxiety, and stress; difficulties such as nightmares, vivid memories and family problems are “not supposed” to happen to you.
Nevertheless, a lonely internal war you are fighting is slowly making you feel like your mind is no longer yours. Emotions, especially emotions from PTSD such as anger, irritability, fear, and loneliness are the enemy of objectivity, safety and even survival.
Outwardly, you are fighting to maintain a strong, calm presence. But inside, you are terrified that your life is over or you’ll wake up not able to fulfill your calling anymore. You may be second guessing yourself as the strong, protective one. This is likely breaking you and your family down.
There is hope...
PTSD emotions do not have to control you. You absolutely can get your life, mind, family, career back! What would you give to have yourself back? People working in the trenches to help other people – yes you: First Responder, Military, and Medical Professional (and your family) – have a significant amount of strength. You have a strength many others only dream of.
By pulling on your reserve strength and specialized therapy techniques, you will reclaim the parts of your life currently in disarray.
For Veterans, Active Service Members or their families, I provide one hour of free therapy per week to you through Give an Hour.
I am a member of the EMDR registry for first responders and 911 telecommunicators sponsored by the 911 wellness resource. This is an excellent resource for first responders if you don’t already know about it. Among other things, they are actively developing a registry of EMDR trained therapists to work specifically with first responders around the country.
If you are concerned about confidentiality, a large portion of my business is on-line. You never need to be worried about someone seeing you coming in or out of an office. Online therapy is legal and ethical (see my services page for more), provides an additional layer of confidentiality, allows for very good work to be done as you are comfortable where you want to be instead of in an office setting somewhere, and allows for me to do my best work.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I help adults live productive lives by gaining control over unrelenting and distressing emotions such as fear, guilt, anger or shame primarily using EMDR. See my Individual Therapy page for more information on therapy services.
In addition to therapy, I utilize life coaching and professional consultation to support you in reaching the professional and personal life you desire. Life coaching is a very different modality than therapy. In an initial consultation we can discuss whether life coaching or therapy is right for you. See my Professional and Life coaching page for more information about coaching