My area of expertise is public safety psychology. I am a Diplomate in Police Psychology awarded by the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. Prior to opening my practice in Northern New Jersey, I provided psychological services to the men and women of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department.
As a former law enforcement officer, I know that the needs of first responders are unique. I am familiar with the organizational dynamics in law enforcement agencies as well as the police culture. I understand the unique stressors and working conditions law enforcement officers face on a daily basis. Shift work, longer hours, and the hazards of public safety also have disruptive effects on families.
I provide individual therapy for law enforcement officers as well for their significant others impacted by the job. Additionally, I offer post critical incident intervention as well as consultation and training to public service agencies.
I am also proud to serve as the New Jersey Area Clinician for the Drug Enforcement Administration's Employees Assistance Program in which I provide counseling and training to the agent's and their families. I am also a Clinical Partner with the Headstrong Project, Weill Cornell Medicine. As a Clinical Partner, I provide services to post-9/11 veterans.
I have presented at the 2018 Society for Police and Criminal Psychology 44th Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida, at the 2018 Concerns of Police Survivors' Adult Children's Retreat, Potosi, Missouri, at 2018 Concerns of Police Survivors National Survivors' Conference at Police Week in Alexandria, Virginia, at the 2017 Symposium hosted by PEEL Institute at the Bergen County, New Jersey Sheriff's Office, and at the 2016 Concerns of Police Survivors National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma in Grapevine, Texas. Additionally, I teach a class on mental health for the Essex County New Jersey Crisis Intervention Training.
In order to stay current with the most recent developments and trending issues in police psychology, I participate in a monthly peer consultaion group with other police psychologists from across the country.
Pleas call Dr. Pytal to inquire about groups offered for police officers and their families.