Checking In Podcast, Ep. 1: Understanding PTSD in First Responders

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Host: Alfredo Cerrato, Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC Senior Cultural & Workforce Development Officer

Special Guest: Derrick Martin, LPCC-S, EMDR, CCTP

                        Traumaologist, Traumaology LLC 


We invite you to check in with Alfredo Cerrato and Derrick Martin as they discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in first responders, including the support services and therapies available for those coping with overwhelming life experiences. Derrick discusses his experience working as a paramedic and firefighter, and how managing his own CPTSD diagnosis with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy motivated him to become a mental health professional and traumaologist. 

(Listening time: 30 min., 4 sec.)


Derrick Martin

Derrick Martin, LPCC-S, EMDR, CCTP

Derrick is an independently licensed psychotherapist with supervisory designation in the State of Ohio. Prior to his career as a traumaologist, he start out his life in public safety. Starting out as an EMT-Basic and furthering his education becoming an EMT-Paramedic, he also obtained his Professional Firefighter I & II certification. He has served over 12 years of combined service service the citizens of the State of Ohio. In 2008, he was seriously injured on duty and forced to leave public safety from that injury. That time in his life was very difficult and at times very dark. Seeking out help, he discovered psychotherapy and EMDR therapy. Having been diagnosed with CPTSD, he went through EMDR therapy and accredit that to saving his life. As a patient, he experienced both the good and the bad of various clinicians and knew that he wanted to give back and raise the bar for the standardization of care for first responders and other victims of trauma. 

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