Those of you who serve to keep our country and communities safe are deserving of the unwavering support of all of us who benefit from your service and sacrifice. Therefore, as a Marriage and Family Therapist, my practice is dedicated to providing therapy, advocacy and support to law enforcement, active duty military and veterans and their families.
The unique challenges associated with the difficult work that you do are like no other. Your work is inherently stressful and involves a great deal of personal responsibility and risk. Facing these issues day in and out undoubtedly takes a toll. Stress is brought on by crirtical incidents but also builds over time. In order to manage the ongoing stress you encounter daily, you have undoubtedly developed coping strategies. Sometimes these can be effective and help keep us going and other times they can be detrimental and can lead to isolation and feelings of hopelessness. If you find that such feelings are interfering with your job, relationships and/or emotional well being, I can help. Utilizing a straightforward, practical approach in a confidential and supportive environment I can help you identify your unhealthy coping strategies and help you to develop more healthy ways of managing your stress.
Experiencing trauma is an unavoidable product of the challenging work that you do. Whether it be direct trauma from a specific incident or experience or vicarious trauma, from witnessing the distress of innocent victims; it undoubtedly affects on you. Acknowledging that you have been affected by these experiences is not a reflection of being weak, but of being human.
Undoubtedly, experiencing trauma changes who we are; however, it does not have to become who we are. If the trauma you have experienced has started to define you and is interfering with your happiness and your relationships, trust that there is hope and you can be restored. Don't let these experiences take control over your life; take the next step. If you or the one you love is struggling, I can help.
How I Can Help
My experience as a child abuse investigator for Children's Protective Services gives me a unique perspective, as I understand how important coping strategies can be in helping you to protect yourself so that you can continue to do your difficult job every day. I also understand that despite our best efforts, sometimes these strategies fall short, especially after repeated and ongoing exposure to trauma. If you feel like your coping strategies are failing or you have unresolved trauma from your experiences while deployed or out on the streets, I can help.
I have an authentic, easy going style; and I am happy to talk with you about your situation and how I can help. I offer a free 30-minute in-person, no commitment consultation where we can get to know one another and address any questions or concerns you may have.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Ralph Waldo Emerson