Therapy for First Responders in Bradenton, Florida

As a funeral director myself, I know what it is like to be there at the scene of a crime, in the face of death or murder. These experiences are shocking at first, and over time they can become taxing and even traumatic.

For first responders-the emergency dispatchers, EMTs, emergency room doctors, and personnel, firefighters, funeral directors, coroners, police officers, military personnel, and others who keep us safe-a regular ‘day at the office” usually can mean that are in close encounters with danger, chaos, and tragedy.

Over time, exposure to such stress can take a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health. In some cases, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results, with symptoms such as:

  • Flashbacks, nightmares, and recurring thoughts
  • Emotional numbness
  • Extreme worry, guiltanger or hopelessness
  • Avoidance of people, places or things that are reminders of the trauma
  • A loss of interest in things that once gave pleasure
  • Relationship troubles
  • Interpersonal stress
  • Feeling anxious, on edge or jumpy, and startling easily
  • Sleep issues
  • Problems with alcoholdrugs or food

The Challenges of Seeking Help

I have over 12 years of experience as a professional trained to treat trauma and I can help those suffering reclaim their emotional footing.

I understand that as first responders, we don’t find it easy to ask for help. For one thing, as first responders, we generally operate in a culture that seeks to uphold an image of invincibility. We may even think that showing vulnerability makes us less competent, or that it might even be counterproductive or dangerous, because our jobs require us to be confident, in charge and in control. Therefore, admitting that there are cracks in the armor can seem as it can undermine the confidence necessary to do the job effectively and safely. (Trauma and First Responders: When the Helpers Need Help by David Sacks, M.D)

Unfortunately, this type of attitude that can rise all the way up to management ranks, with those who open up about what they are feeling to their superiors sometimes being told to simply “deal with it” or “toughen up.” (Trauma and First Responders: When the Helpers Need Help by David Sacks, M.D)

But I am here to tell you that taking care of yourself, is the best way to make sure you are competent and in control of your duties and in your life. I provide specialized, confidential treatment for first responders and another bonus to getting help for trauma is this: It’s not just you who benefits. Your family, your friends  – all the people who are closest to you and are often the first to notice your struggles-will gain much from the improved relationship you’ve built with yourself. It also helps your fellow first responders, who may be suffering silently in exactly the same way. When you allow yourself to be helped, you make it OK for them to get help too.

You can serve your community, do the job you love to do and not get burned out by it!