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Meet Steph

Meet Steph

Stephanie Neuman was in Law Enforcement for ten years, both as a Detention Officer and Patrol Sergeant for an area Law Enforcement Agency.In 2006 her life as she knew it changed. She was eight weeks into her patrol career when she was involved in a critical incident. The Stephanie she knew would change forever. The “man with a gun,” call turned into her being involved in an “officer-involved shooting.” With virtually no provisions for Peer Support, she found herself reeling from the event and being ordered back to responding to calls within an hour of the shooting while she was still being investigated, she was attempting to wrap her head around what just happened, and what might happen to her and her career. She would never be the same. One of her fellow officers suggested that she see a Therapist who specialized in First Responders. The therapist was excellent and introduced her to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Throughout her career, she referred back to the same therapist after many critical events. Still, with no administrative policy in her agency, she took it upon herself to advocate for other officers to get care after incidents. In 2009, while still employed as a Patrol Sergeant, she began Master’s degree to get a foundation of education to provide care for other First Responders and to be a voice for those who need care.Steph utilizes Brainspotting and EMDR to help clients find relief and joy quicker than they could have imagined. Therapy doesn’t have to be about a long term treatment plan; her goal is to get us fixed faster.Additionally, she utilizes “animal-assisted therapy” in the form of a Charcoal Labrador named Grizzly. Grizzly is the calmest, most mellow lab you will ever meet. He helps clients feel safe and calm as they embark on their journey of healing. From Steph: “I am excited to be associated with First Responder Trauma Counselors to join other, “Culturally Competent” Clinicians who care about all First Responders who are looking to find relief from the professional and personal stressors of public service”.