Traumatic Events Can Leave Invisible Scars
First Responders Face Crisis Situations Regularly
First responders, such as police, fire, ambulance, and other public servants may face life threatening situations in the performance of their jobs or may even face death as they engage in their normal duties. Police officers find themselves in harms way when criminals use weapons in an attempt to take the lives of the officers so they can escape. When people are in a burning building, firefighters know that they have to place themselves at risk to bring them out of the inferno. Paramedics do not hesitate to place themselves at risk to come to aid of those trapped in the twisted wreckage of cars and often are faced with the remains of people who suffered horrible deaths. Although this was part of the job and goes with the territory, these were none the less stressful times to endure.
If you are a first responder and have looked death in the face and have trouble dealing with the memories, we can help you. If you wake up at night reliving events that bring back that shocked feeling deep inside, we can assist you in dealing with these recurrences.
Hostile Fire Areas = Extreme Trauma
Over the past decade, millions of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have served our nation in hostile fire areas around the world. Military members also often place their lives in harms way in the performance of their missions. Soldiers, Marines, and other military members who served in hostile fire zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan are constantly on the alert, as they know an improvised explosive device may be just around the corner, a suicide bomber may casually stroll up to them with a smile on his face, a sniper may be on any given rooftop, or a herder that appears friendly may uncover a shoulder fired rocket propelled grenade without warning. These stressful times take their toll on servicemembers, as is seen in the high number that must receive post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related treatment upon return from the war zones. Sometimes military members return to the U.S. and find themselves reliving events of the past, tensing up when they hear sounds that remind them of the dangerous land that they previously served, or reacting to minor issues with extreme responses.
Dr. Scoggins has provided counseling support to those returning home from combat zones, not only in Knoxville, but on military installations around the world. She has even completed a course of study and attained professional certification in in Trauma / Crisis Intervention With Military Applications, as well as having served as a Military Family Life Counselor with Military Health Net supporting the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, and lengthy deployments to provide support on site at Fort Greely, Alaska, Camp Zama, Japan, Heidelberg, Germany, and more. We can help - see the Military-Focused Counseling page on this site for more information.
Counseling Can Help You Deal With Traumatic Events of the Past
You don't have to be a first responder to have faced traumatic events or crisis situations. Others have encountered personal trauma or crises events, such as the sudden loss of a loved one in an accident or catastrophe, endured hardships or suffered an injury or major illness that turns life upside down. Some have lived in homes where domestic violence occurred often, leaving the family members uncertain if they would face trauma on a daily basis. At Counseling Connection of Knoxville, we understand the importance of delivering treatment to those who have experienced traumatic or crisis events.