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With a specialization in trauma, you will reach your goals faster

Trauma symptoms often include hypervigilance, anxiety, avoidance, irritability, family problems, sleep problems and more. It involves a complex interplay of the brain and the body.


Being a therapist with a specialty in First Responders means I hone my skills on working with this population. However, in order to help first responders, I have to understand how to help anyone with trauma, hypervigilance, anxiety, depression, anger, family problems, and more. I have a great deal of training on these topics and attend trainings every year specifically on these topics. All specialization means is I can do what all therapists do, but I am more of an expert in one sector. Similarly to a medical specialist; they have a general medical degree, then go on to specialize.
A hallmark of PTSD is hypervigilance. Hypervigilance broken down is: Hyper (exaggerated) and Vigilant (Observant/watchful/Cautious). Thus hypervigilance is an exaggerated watchful state of being. This is probably one of the top symptoms people with PTSD experience and can be very debilitating.
Take a look at my specialty pages which go into detail on those specializations. All three of my specializations have the similarity of helping adults journey through traumatic event(s) to a fulfilling life.

First Responders

First responders including police, fire, EMTs, paramedics, and 911 dispatchers are a vital part of our community. It is normal to suffer from the effects of your daily routines.

Medical and Court/Corrections Personnel

Medical and Court/Corrections Personnel are part of our Critical Care Givers and are on the front lines, dealing with disaster and human suffering every day.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a specialization one step above first responders, but deeper than other therapists who “know how” to treat trauma.
I maintain my status as a Certified Expert Trauma Professional which included an intensive six month training and ongoing continuing training yearly.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidenced based (studied) form of therapy which is incredibly helpful for trauma recovery. It has been a life saver for many of my clients who have all but given up prior to trying EMDR.