Whether you are a police officer, a firefighter, paramedic, or other type of first responder, you know first-hand what it means to encounter emotionally difficult situations on a daily basis. You are/or have been exposed not only to traumatic scenes, but you are also in constant contact with the negative, abusive, and violent side of humanity. You also have to deal with the stress and pressure caused by the Administration and the media. These experiences change most of us in ways we never envisioned when we first started serving the public. Depression, anger, anxiety, trauma related symptoms and addictions are common. They are also insidious and sneak up on us when we don’t expect it. We may not realize, or may even deny, that our work has anything to do with it. But many times our work is, at least, a contributing factor.
I have a unique background as a former police officer, detective, lieutenant, corrections officer and dispatcher. I “retired” from police work in 2012 after over 20 years of service. After working among and alongside all types of public safety personnel, I have a deep desire to assist police officers, fire fighters, other first responders, and their families to overcome these issues.
With my background, I have more of an insider’s view and therefore may have a greater capacity than other counselor’s without such experience, to offer you the help you deserve. Your profession is a tough one that only a few are courageous enough to face every day. It can leave wounds, deep wounds that can bleed over to our personal lives. Wounds heal better when some kind of treatment is applied, don’t they? I would consider it a privilege to partner with you in working towards a healthy, balanced life and a long productive career.