He said it was the worst call he had ever experienced. But it was also the best moment of Mike’s* career when help arrived to help him cope. Without warning, this firefighter was involved in a fatal traffic accident while responding to a medical aid. As Mike says, “I was helpless, there was no room to avoid the accident.”
Severe physical wounds may heal eventually, but untreated psychological wounds can linger, or resurface if triggered. That’s the lesson firefighter/paramedic Ben Vernon learned when he survived a violent knife attack while on duty in June 2015. Ben developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and we detailed his ordeal in our March 7, 2016 blog post. He revealed that his screams, sweats and nightmares finally ended when he underwent Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy that The Counseling Team International also provides.
By Nancy Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D., Director of the Counseling Team International (TCTI)
In the summer of 2015, San Diego firefighter/paramedic, Benjamin (Ben) Vernon developed post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after surviving a violent knife attack while on duty. His personal account of that day and what followed, can be found in Unexpected Nightmares, published February 2016 in JEMS magazine. 1
By Tammy McCoy-Arballo, Psy. D.
Inside Police Psychology, January 26, 2016
No, it is not hypnosis.
That is how the conversation usually starts when I talk to my clients about treating their trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).