First responders are highly trained individuals who risk their lives to help and protect others in their most vulnerable states. While first responders are highly trained individuals who know they will be in high stress situations as part of their job, they are often not trained on what to do with the compounding mental stress and fatigue they might face after the events are over.
When measures are not taken to alleviate the stress and trauma, symptoms will start to arise within the body and brain. Persistent negative thoughts, trauma replay, anxiety, sleep disturbances, depression, impulsive decisions, and impaired cognitive functions are a few of the responses that individuals feel after high stress events or working in a career that is associated with stressful conditions.
The good news is that you now have a resource for support and healing with the Badge Group.
Badge Responder Services is a first responder resource for substance abuse counseling, talk therapy, and support meetings. Having a safe place to heal from the trauma and possible addictions you face is paramount. Our therapists offer a unique level of understanding of the demands of a first responder job as former first responders themselves.
Resilient Badge is a therapeutic resource that offers Neuromodulation (also referred to as Neurostimulation) therapy. The licensed and certified clinicians at the Resilient Badge have extensive service in both Police Officer and Firefighter roles, so they implicitly understand what you are facing in your day to day life.
Badge to Badge is 501C3 non-profit peer to peer support organization. It was designed as a place for first responders to support other police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s process their stress, and offer a place to get support from those who understand first hand what you are going through.
“The treatment has been a total life changer for me. I was struggling with no only my physical health but my mental health as well. I’ve always been a very active and organized person and I was slipping away from that very quickly. I was not interacting with my children in a positive way, and I would get frustrated with them very easily. I couldn’t sleep and was having nightmares on a regular basis.
Since starting I have been more alert and focused. I don’t lose track of what I’m doing, and I can stop a task and remember to go back to it. I’m able to be patient with my children again, and enjoy their company for hours at a time, versus the 10 minutes at a time we were doing before. I’m able to teach my kids things and let them mess up or make messes without going into rage or panic. I’m not messing up my words or struggling to find the right words as much as before.
One of the bigger things I’ve noticed is how calm I’ve become, situations that would’ve once made me lose my temper, are barely an annoyance at this point. I can quickly refocus without it being a big deal at all!”
“Before starting Neuro-therapy my panic attacks were almost to the point of debilitation. The panic and anxiety was so bad that I was unable to attend large events with family and friends and I would shy away from police training because of these attacks and now I’m able to attend both! Since starting Neurotherapy, they have decreased in severity and frequency. I have been able to live a more normal life.”
“I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed is my clarity of mind. And it doesn’t feel like I’m in a fog or struggling to put my thoughts together. I feel more alert, but not hypervigilant. It’s so much easier to focus and not feel like I have to concentrate on concentrating. The second thing I’ve noticed is my emotions feel much more regulated.
If I get upset, sad, happy, or even anxious, they all feel within my control, and not on the extreme end of the spectrum. I don’t feel like I’mbeing hijacked by my emotions. Finally, I’ve noticed I’m more calm than before. I don’t feel like I always have to be alert, doing something, or occupying myself. I can truly relax and focus on being present.”
- Client #56
“I was introduced to the Neuro-stimulation program with one of our former officers at Florida House experience in Florida. I watched over several days how the individuals mental state improved dramatically along with their sleep patterns. Rebecca brought this program to the Colorado State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
Based on the results that I had seen in Florida, I decided to try the program myself. The brain mapping showed several areas that needed work and Rebecca’s explanation of the program and what would be done encouraged me further to proceed.
I have seen dramatic positive results in my energy levels especially later in the day and it has improved my overall outlook on my daily activities. I stand behind this program 100% and look forward to Longmont providing our public safety staff the opportunity to keep themselves mentally healthy.”
“I’ve been in law enforcement for 20 years and have had an unbelievable career. Cumulative stress has certainly taken its toll as well as having been involved in numerous critical incidents/ I’ve tried to manage my mental health for many years with talk therapy and EMDR, but over time, it seemed like the symptoms of PTSD began getting worse. I was introduced to neurotherapy at The Badge Group in 2022 and worked with Rebecca Allanson and her amazing staff.
Neurotherapy has certainly made a difference. My anxiety symptoms have decreased significantly making work, family like, and life in general great again. I have become a huge advocate for neurotherapy and recommend it to other first responders looking for an alternative to talk therapy.”