Law enforcement officers and firefighters have private lives filled with the baggage everybody else in the world carries: challenging relationships, financial burdens, and life-work balance. These professionals find themselves engaging with all sorts of people in situations created by ignorance, poverty, abuse, addiction, and violence. After a shift, they return home to take on the role of spouse or parent, sibling or friend. In addition to coming to terms with the risks and exposure to trauma that are part of a public safety career, simply managing a multiplicity of roles sets officers for overwhelm in balancing the demands of work, family, and self-care. Over time, or in response to a single critical incident, symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) can emerge. If not addressed, symptoms can negatively impact the effectiveness of police officers and other first-responders.
EMDR Post-Trauma Therapy
(Approximately 8 Sessions)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
As the name suggests,SFBT is about being brief and focusing on solutions, rather than on problems. When there is a problem, many professionals spend a great deal of time thinking excessively, talking, and analyzing the problems - while the suffering continues. Even the most chronic problems have periods or times when the difficulties do not occur or are less intense. SFBT clinicians help you identify the coping mechanisms you already use - empowering you to successfully address stressors in your life.