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. My agency has been very receptive to my ideas and support I have brought to officers throughout my Master's program. The administration is supporting the implementation of a Peer Support Team to the agency. WIth my efforts and the support of the administrators, my goal of having critical care for our agency will soon come true.
I now have my MSW and am still employed as a Patrol Sergeant for the Cheyenne Police Department. I am trained in EMDR and have over 600 client/clinical EMDR hours. The creation of this site is in an effort to reach out to those of you who are curious about care for officers or are wanting to find relief from the stressors of the "job".
Todd Scott, MSW, PCSW
My primary goal is to help you identify and pursue the desired changes which will result in a positive and fulfilling life. I will help you gain a better understanding of your past and plan for the future. I specialize in trauma therapy, in which Brainspotting is the primary treatment modality.
With a background of over 30 years as a first responder, I have seen and experienced first-hand the many ways traumatic experiences impact our lives. Gaining an understanding of the effects of trauma and the way the body holds trauma is key to healing the mind and body.
I specialize in serving first responders, military personnel, victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual abuse, and clients suffering from PTSD.
Please call me directly at (307) 421-3999 and we will start on changing your life today!
Our Paw Team
Sometimes, have an extra friend next to you during your session is exactly what you need to work through things in your session.
Stephanie has a eight year old 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
Sophie is a beautiful yellow lab mix. She is calm and loving and enjoys her time with clients. Sophie has had a traumatic past and was rescued by Todd. She is thankful everyday for her new life and looks forward to helping you!