I have over 10 years of experience using EMDR therapy to treat first responders, including; firefighters, those in law enforcement, paramedics, military personnel and healthcare workers. I am trained to provide Psychological First Aid to First Responders experiencing Post Traumatic Stress. I use a variety of EMDR protocols including, Recent Traumatic Events protocols and the Flash Technique to help reduce the distress of work stress and PTSD as well as other distressing life events.
Critical incidents at work can cause Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) lasting 2 to 30 days and Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) lasting more than 30 days. When first responders experience, witness, or are confronted with events on the job that involve death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of oneself or others a person responds with intense fear, helplessness, and horror. This can cause ASD and PTSD. First responders may constantly re-experience the traumatic memory and want to avoid situations associated with the event. They respond when triggered with a flight, fight, freeze response. First responders with Acute Stress Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can experience greater difficulty doing their jobs effectively. These symptoms can make it not only difficult for first responders to do their work or be on active duty but it can also impact their lives at home with family, friends and in the community.
Besides helping First Responders heal from traumatic incidents on the job I also help them to address other important areas of their life such as; their relationships with spouses, significant others and family members as well as substance abuse issues, anger management, chronic pain and stress. In addition, due to the high correlations of unresolved trauma leading to PTSD for First Responders I help to process unresolved memories of past traumas including childhood advertises. Besides EMDR therapy I may offer other holistic approaches to help First Responders including LENS Neurofeedback.