Prior to becoming a police officer, I volunteered as an EMT with the Montgomery County, MD Fire Department. I understand that the needs of fire fighters are unique. I am familiar with the organizational dynamics in fire departments as well as fire culture. I understand the unique stressors and working conditions firefighters face on a regular basis. Shift work and the hazards in public service impact the entire family. I provide therapy for individuals impacted by the firefighter’s job.
I possess an in-depth cultural competency with the fire service. In order to stay current with the latest developments and trending issues in fire psychology participate in a monthly peer consultation group hosted by the Fire Service Psychological Association in South Pasadena, CA.
Please call Dr. Pytal to inquire about groups being offered for firefighters and their significant others.