Ellen Kirschman is known as the “Cop Doc”. She has 30 years as a clinical psychologist specializing in law enforcement and first responders. Today Ellen and I talk about the importance for first responders to see a therapist who understands the police and first responder culture. We also talk about the differences in the culture of cops and firefighters, and tools for self-care that apply to everyone and anyone. She has written several books including Counseling Cops: what Clinicians need to know, I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I love a firefighter: What the families need to know. She has also written fiction including The Right Wrong Thing, Burying Ben, and The Fifth Reflection. Those three books make up the Dot Meyerhoff Police Psychologist Series. Ellen also writes a blog for the magazine Psychology Today. She is a clinician at the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat. Ellen has traveled the world teaching, researching and sharing her expertise in police psychology. Ellen is a treasure chest full of information and doesn’t beat around the bush. This is a great episode for first responders, clinicians, and the general public.
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