First responders include firefighters, police officers, EMTs and members of the military. PTSD among first responders is a major problem due to variety of factors.
Sessions can address:
- Effects of facing constant danger
- Toxic culture of secrecy and division between the rank and file and administration
- Misperceptions of being “strong”
- Control issues
- Physical injuries
- Conflating the job with identity
- Emotionally numb
- Substance abuse
- Guilt about known violations
- High suicide rates
- Homicide/suicide in marriages
Marriages of first responders face the same challenges as the general population but there are unique challenges and consequences can be devastating.
Contributing factors may include:
- Long shifts/odd hours
- Excessive overtime
- Diminished core identity
- Financial management
- Affairs/sexual harassment
- Conflict with management
- Increased susceptibility to mental illness
- Frequent deployments
- Inadequate social support system
These factors can be mitigated with individual therapy and or couples therapy. However, when they are not addressed the impact on marriages and children can be irreparable.
If you have questions about first responders therapy, or need more information, contact Dr. Guy Jeanty.