March 2, 2022

Real Stories: Healing PTSD with EMDR

On this episode of Responder Resilience we hear from a veteran, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and dispatcher who have used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to overcome traumatic stress.


On this episode of Responder Resilience we hear from a veteran, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and dispatcher who have used EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to overcome traumatic stress. This is an up close and personal look at how EMDR changed the lives of several responders, who courageously stepped up to share their stories so that others might see positive solutions to the growing mental health crisis within emergency services. Watch the SHOW TRAILER: https://youtu.be/LbbDb08ZBZc

First responders are repeatedly exposed to the most traumatic moments of other people's lives. This cumulative stress and trauma, along with lack of sleep and unhealthy lifestyle can lead to PTSD. It's estimated that up to 24% of dispatchers, and 35% of police officers suffer from PTSD.* Estimates suggest that as many as 400 firefighter and EMT deaths by suicide occur each year.** The risk of addiction and suicide increases when PTSD, depression, or other mental health issues are left untreated. The responder community is starting to recognize the severity of this mental health crisis, and is taking action to get help. The stigmas and culture around speaking openly and honestly about PTSD and mental health challenges are changing dynamically, as barriers are coming down.
*National Alliance on Mental Illness.   **Vigil, Neil H et al. “Death by Suicide-The EMS Profession Compared to the General Public.”

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Dr. Stacy Raymond

Clinical Psychologist / EMDR Trauma Specialist

Dr. Stacy Raymond is a Clinical Psychologist, and is an approved EMDR and trauma specialist. Half of her practice is dedicated to First Responders and Military Veterans. Stacy created Responder Wellness Inc - a non-profit charity for EMS, Police & Fire. Stacy co-leads a weekly Peer Support Meeting for first responders Along with Bonnie Rumilly.

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Nick Paproski, LP, EMS-I, DICO-C

Paramedic | EMS Operations Manager

Nick Paproski, LP, EMS-I, DICO-C, is an award-winning paramedic field provider and educator with over 18 years of experience working in municipal, fire based, commercial and volunteer EMS systems. Nick served as a career firemedic for the Ridgefield Fire Department from 2010-2020. Nick currently serves as the Director of Education, Safety and Wellness for Vintech Management Services, a 300 employee EMS staffing company based in CT. As a staunch advocate for provider mental health and wellness Nick routinely presents on the topic of PTSD for the Fairfield Country Trauma Response Team and has been interviewed for several podcasts and documentaries.

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Dan Welch, USMC (Ret.)

US Marine Corps | Former LEO | Former Fire Chief

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Peter Elste

Law Enforcement Officer | Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator | FTO

Peter Elste has been a Police Officer for 21 years. He started his career working four years with the NYPD 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn. During his short time with NYPD, he was part of the Street Narcotics Unit and Community Conditions Unit.
Pete is currently serving with the Danbury Police Department where he is a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, and a member of the Emergency Services Unit and Peer Support Team.
Pete also serves on the Executive Board of Responder Wellness Inc., a non-profit organization that works to support First Responders in the State of Connecticut.