One of the things I am passionate about is helping our military and first responders. It doesn’t matter if you are active duty or are a veteran, law enforcement, EMT, or firefighter, you have lived through things that most people do not even want to imagine and have been called to make unimaginable sacrifices.
There are so many things that keep you from coming home whole after deployment or even at the end of the day, coming home to your family. Trying to figure out how to wrap your mind around what you experienced, what you witnessed, what you heard about, and what you were called to do and then figuring out how to reintegrate into civilian life, can be confusing, frustrating, uncomfortable, and you may want to just stop trying.
These jobs require everything from you, even things you didn’t know you could possibly give. They demand sacrifices from you and your families in ways that seem impossible. Many of you have experienced living hell while deployed or on the job and have found absolutely no peace or help at home. You are struggling with the VA or your departments EAP, or you are so ashamed that you “can’t just snap out of it” that you are despondent and lashing out at those who matter the most.
Trauma and PTSD are not something that you can just “snap out of.” Trauma experiences rewire your brain in unhelpful and destructive ways, keeping you always alert, and always ready for the fight, even when there is no danger. Normal and healthy people cannot undo the damage on their own and it will not just get better as time goes by, true healing needs intervention.
Most people in these careers develop:
- substance abuse issues,
- posttraumatic stress disorder, or
- struggle immensely with adjusting to civilian life.
These are all normal responses to what you are required to do while downrange and on the job. There is no shame in the struggle, and you are not the only one who is going through this fire.
There are different paths to healing and wholeness that don’t require you to sacrifice anymore that what you already have. I offer treatment in an individual setting so that you can feel safe.
This allows you to get the help you need outside the reporting requirements of your department. You do not have to fear retribution, concern about your fitness for duty, or even your supervisor being informed because I offer an avenue that has true anonymity and confidentiality.
Don’t suffer alone anymore. Reach out to your fellow warrior, your battle buddies, your coworkers and keep fighting the battle to survive and to find yourself again.
It is possible to heal from what you are or have gone through.