Military and First Responders
Active Service Members, Veterans, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Services
When what you do for a living would be considered traumatic to most people, it is hard to know when to seek treatment. Fears that you will no longer be allowed to continue working at a job you love or redeploy may keep you from seeking the help you deserve. Other fears may include that if you seek treatment, you will be seen as defective or deficient in some way. While that may still be the case at times, many strides are being made in the military, the VA, and some police and fire departments to prioritize, rather than stigmatize, mental health.
So why would therapy help if trauma is part of your job?
Daniel Mattos, a law enforcement veteran of more than 30 years, describes the psychological impact of police work in a way that can easily translate to all those who are military, veterans or first responders:
Therapy will provide you with the tools and skills needed to process traumatic experiences in logical and less harmful ways so that you can heal from past wounds and continue working in a field you love. Furthermore, individuals who have the courage to undergo treatment for PTSD not only get better, but they tend to stay better. Multiple studies show that 40%–60% of veterans were still in remission five years after completing treatment.