Overcoming PTSD: Thriving and Finding Happiness Beyond Trauma

Bend Don't Break

Jun 19 2023 • 37 mins

Chief Neil Dubord is accompanied this week by Dr. Kendra Devor, who dives deep into her efforts regarding the Wellness Program designed to assist first responders in overcoming the repercussions of critical incidents they often endure in service.

In this episode, Chief Dubord speaks with Kendra Devor Psy. D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist out of Orange County, California. Her professional experience has focused on treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, grief, and loss. Dr. Devor has extensive experience working with first responders and their family members.

Key Takeaways:

[1:45] Kendra introduces herself.

[4:10] Kendra talks about her certifications.

[5:14] Kendra shares about a particular client who has gone through several traumatic incidents.

[8:26] EMDR is an amazing therapeutic modality designed to treat trauma, Kendra explains why.

[10:39] Kendra continues talking about this specific client who got to therapy after his third critical incident; she addresses the two first traumatic events.

[14:49] Now, this deputy went through two more critical incidents.

[16:01] Less than one year later, this particular deputy is stronger and happier than ever.

[17:45] Kendra shares the best tools for assisting first responders.

[20:03] Kendra expresses her gratitude and honor for being trusted by cops.

[20:53] Kendra talks about the Wellness Program.

[24:01] Kendra addresses the invaluable importance of training.

[25:03] Physical wellness is also involved in the Wellness Program.

[27:41] Kendra shares her thoughts on the mental health stigma.

[30:22] Kendra advises: Go to therapy before you feel like you need it, and if you don’t like the clinician, it is not that therapy isn't for you; just seek another therapist.

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