The selection process to be an emergency responder is comprehensive and rigorous.  From the day we imagine being a police officer, firefighter or paramedic until well after we leave the job, our life is transformed - much of the time in very unhealthy ways.  For many, including myself, what I did became what I was -- this over-investment is inherently unhealthy:  recent studies show that between 50-70% of police officers will develop Type II diabetes in their lifetime that is not due to being overweight - but rather primarily due to the physiological responses the body undergoes in response to occupational stressors.  We do not live in a vacuum;  those with whom we interact, and those with whom we love, many times take the brunt of what we bring home.  It is imperative to understand what a healthy relationship is and be committed to strengthening and maintaining it.

Much of my practice focuses on stress (acute, occupational, organizational, and chronic) and trauma that emergency service personnel are faced with every time they respond to a hot call.  I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and have found it extremely beneficial when assisting clients who experience difficulty integrating what happens at work to their personal world-view.  EMDR can help prevent the accumulation of events and their effects from potentially becoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   

As I work with couples and families, I have come to appreciate the perspective that world-renown author and researcher Dr. John Gottmann uses with couples - focusing on what they do to maintain their healthy relationships versus what divorcing or separating couples do.  His research has shown that approaching difficult relationship challenges can be mitigated by looking at what succeeds versus what fails.  

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