Policing is not like any other job in the world and sometimes we need to speak with somebody who just gets it.
I was a serving officer who retired after 30 years with most of my career was in frontline policing. I have seen my fair share of traumatic events from suicides, murders, child deaths, fatal road traffic collisions, as well as supporting those victims and families who suffer as a result of criminal activity or accident.
I dealt with these events and felt proud of my ability to “box these off” and not to let them affect me….
Well boxing those events off kept me safe for quite a few years but what eventually got to me was not the front facing part of the job but the part of the job that was inside the stations.
Being unsuccessful in selection/promotion and the internal politics in policing got too much for me and I started my journey to where I am now with a visit to a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). This stopped my world from spiralling downward really fast. It started me on a path of self discovery with a drive to help others. This is the same drive we all have when we join “the Job” but this time I was focussed on helping those who help others, Police officers and staff.
In my last three years of service I trained to become an integrative counsellor outside of work and inside I trained to be a peer supporter and eventually a peer support supervisor. In these roles I was privileged enough to help others as they went through significant life crises. As I supported my colleagues, I always signposted them to EAP and occupational health in order to access further support. I found, however, that although EAP is an excellent service and it does not report back to the hosting Force, they also do not employ people who actually know “the job”. Understanding the culture, unique pressures and even language we speak is a skill in itself. Occupational health referred support is usually CBT or EMDR, which are absolutely excellent ways of helping those cases where coping with the memories associated with traumatic issues is becoming unbearable. These services do however have to report back on your progress to the force, who after all, are paying the bill.
I provide a counselling service that not only truly understands the unique nature of “the job” and all the complexities it brings but I am also completely independent form any Police Force.
As part of my ongoing commitment to UK Policing I am able to provide a limited number of reduced fee sessions to Police Officers and Staff who simply need a safe place to explore their issues with somebody who understands the stresses and strains that Policing brings and that is completely independent of any Police Force.
So, if you feel the need to reach out to contact me for a free 30 minute consultation to see how I can help, then please use the details on the contact pages and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for reading and keep safe.