While the thought of doing "trauma work" can be scary and intimidating, most people don't realize the way their lives are being affected by what they have experienced.
My casual definition of trauma is anything that happens to us that we did not predict.
When something happens that jolts our body, we have an emotional reaction and a physical reaction. Nine times out of ten we stuff the emotional reaction into a dark place inside and work through the problem.
Trauma work is about identifying the hidden reactions that have never been expressed. I have a method of doing this that allows the person to not have to talk about what they have been through and to work at a rapid pace to see rapid results... Not so scary now.
Stephanie Neuman, MSW, LCSW
My name is Stephanie Neuman. I was in law enforcement for 10 years, both as a detention officer and more recently as a patrol sergeant for the Cheyenne Police Department. On June 27, 2006 my life as I knew it changed. I was eight weeks into my patrol career when I was involved in a critical incident. Still on FTO (field training), I was riding around with my trainer taking the regular calls for service. As I was finishing up my current call I heard a "man with a gun" call go out over the radio. In an effort to show courage and impress my FTO, I advised Dispatch I would take the call. My FTO seemed impressed as he was pumping with adrenaline just like I was.
Over the next few minutes the Stephanie I knew would change forever. The "man with a gun" call turned into an officer involved shooting. With only the bad guy hurt, I returned to the department to then experience the aftermath of a critical event with no peer support and no administrative policy ensuring I would be taken care of. The Chief at the time advised me I would go back on patrol within the hour, he just needed to find another training officer for me to ride with.
I stood with a quivering face behind my sunglasses thinking to myself, "I need a minute to wrap my head around what just happened." Finally, a wonderful and empathetic Lieutenant advised the Chief very frankly, "Stephanie is too new not to take care of her. She will be on administrative leave for the next two weeks."
The Lieutenant sent me to see a therapist who specializes in treating law enforcement officers. I found myself in a room being resistant to what was ahead of me. I kept thinking that I didn't want to be weak and I could handle all of this myself.
The therapist was wonderful and introduced me to EMDR therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that allows bilateral stimulation to connect the emotional and physical, responses of an event. It is a therapy that allows privacy while being extremely effective. After experiencing the therapy I found myself relieved and feeling much better.
Through the years of my career I referred back to the same therapist after many critical events. Still with no administrative policy in our agency, I took it upon myself to advocate for other officers and for myself to get care after incidents.
In 2009 I started on my Master's degree in an effort to get a foundation of education to provide care for other officers and to be a voice for those who need care. I completed my career in law enforcement in 2014 as a Patrol Sergeant. Since then, I have been changing lives on a daily basis and have implemented Brainspotting into sessions. Brainspotting is a life changing modality that allows the client to connect their head and their heart effortlessly. As of 2023 I am a Brainspotting Consultant and have numerous trainings that I offer to those wanting to expand their practice with Brainspotting.
Our Paw Team
Sometimes, having an extra friend next to you during your session is exactly what you need to work through things in your life.
Grizzly is 10 years old and has been doing therapy since he was 4 months old. 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.
Bridger is a young therapist, only a year old. He is an old sole and has found his calm sitting with clients. Bridger loves being in session and holding space for whatever you may be going through.
What does therapy cost?The following is a list of insurance companies that are in-network: Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna United Health Care Tricare Medicare Medicaid Client will be responsible for all co-pays at the time of visit. If insurance is not accepted or they do not pay for services, the hourly rate is $150.00 per hour. While therapy can be expensive, the cost of living a happy life is PRICELESS. Invest in yourself and see the difference. Clients who participate in Brainspotting therapy typically only need 3 - 4 sessions to reach their goals. Please contact Stephanie Neuman if you have questions regarding insurance.
How long are the sessions?The initial intake will be 60 minutes long. Most sessions are 45-60 minutes long and are scheduled at the top of the hour.
What days are clients seen?Clients are seen Monday thru Thursday and half day on Friday from 8 am - 4pm. If that does not work, please contact Stephanie and discuss possible alternative times.
Cancellation PolicyClients are asked to cancel appointments the day before they are scheduled to see Stephanie. Any appointment that is cancelled the day of a scheduled appointment will be charged a $25 fee due upon the next visit. Also, any no-show will result in a $25 fee. Because our time together is important, any client that arrives more than 15 minutes late will be required to reschedule and will be responsible for the $25 cancellation fee for that appointment time.