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Episode 31- Code 9 Project: Officer Needs Assistance

Episode 31- Code 9 Project: Officer Needs Assistance

Join Deborah Louise Ortiz, the Co- Founder of the Code 9 Project and I speak about their award winning documentary, healing, and the amazing legislation currently waiting to be signed in Florida to help first responders get the help they need for mental injury.

Co-founder and team member of the national non profit Code 9 Project 

Code 9 Project’s mission is to provide education, support and viable self-help tools to all Public Safety Personnel and their families for the purpose of managing and reducing the compressive stress effects, such as PTSD and suicide. The Code 9 team is currently traveling to departments all over the U.S. bringing the Code 9 S.H.A.R.E. (Self Help and Responsive Education) training for Command Staff, First Responders, and Families    


Co-producer and director of the award winning documentary Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance which takes a deep look at the emotional struggles and needs of law enforcement Officers/First Responders  and their families.  The trailer for, “Code 9- Officer Needs Assistance,” has received national acclaim and drawn tremendous support for the project. The trailer is being use in departments around the world as a training tool. The code 9 film trailer:


Episode 30- A device to combat Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia?

Episode 30- A device to combat Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia?

Join Chip Fisher, Founder and President of Fisher Wallace Laboratories and I  as we discuss the revolutionary device that he and his company are offering the world to combat the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and insomnia. No side effects, no medications. A natural way to bring homeostasis that has been used since ancient times.

After his partner had dealt with the severe symptoms of PTSD following 9/11 they discovered a poorly marketed device, the LISS Cranial Stimulator. It has done wonders for them and countless others. I was very pleased to have him on the show to tell their story and offer a device to my audience that can truly help them and their loved ones.

Chip Fisher at TEDx 2016

Episode 28- Gangbanging, Tattoos, and Paying it Forward

Join World Renowned Tattoo Artist and Former Gang Member Freddy Negrete as we talk about his childhood, road to destruction, and the dramatic change that occurred in his life.

Legendary tattoo artist Freddy Negrete is best known for his pioneering black-and-gray tattoo style, honed while serving time in the California State Prison system during a youth mired in abuse, gang life, and drug addiction. His “prison-style” designs eventually found their way out onto the streets of East LA and, in 1980, he created a piece that earned him a Tattoo Artist of the Year award. Freddy has been featured in the History Channel’s Marked series, in the documentary Tattoo Nation, on Spike TV’s Inkmaster as a guest judge, and in numerous print and online media. He has worked as a technical consultant and tattoo artist on over 30 Hollywood films including Batman, Blade, Con Air, Falling Down and Austin Powers. He currently works at The Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip with his son, Isaiah and has been a volunteer counselor at the Beit T’Shuvah residential treatment center for almost 10 years. His memoir, Smile Now, Cry Later, cowritten with Steve Jones, was released in 2016.


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Episode 27- The Trauma Therapist Project

Join the founder, Guy Macpherson and I as we delve deep into trauma and the great work he is doing to spotlight this important topic. Guy has had the chance to interview the top experts in the field including Dr Gabor Mate, Peter Levine and Sebastian Junger who wrote bestsellers such as “The Perfect Storm” and “The Last Patrol.”

Guy Macpherson, PhD, is a husband, a father of two, and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has spent the last several years studying the impact and treatment of trauma, and early psychosis. 

In 2014, Guy founded  The Trauma Therapist Project  with the goals of raising the awareness of trauma and creating an educational and supportive community for new trauma workers.

The Trauma Therapist Project  has now grown to include  The Trauma Therapist | Podcast , now being listened to in more than 160 countries around the world, as well as Trauma Therapist | 2.0 , an online membership community specifically dedicated to educating and inspiring trauma workers just starting out on their trauma-informed journey. 

Guy’s focus currently is on creating a vibrant, global community to support, educate and inspire new trauma workers, as well as to upend the present way that trauma is taught at the graduate level.

Check out his show in ITunes @ The Trauma Therapist Podcast

He can also be found on FB @ The Trauma Therapist Project





Episode 26- Travis Martin, Chapter One Foundation, and the “Hope Dealer.”

Episode 26- The Chapter One Foundation

Join Founder, Travis Martin, as we discuss his last days in the fire service and how he turned his darkness and despair into a new creation as a “hope dealer. Travis was a career fireman in Florida for many years until the demons of his past and the stressors of the job culminated in a suicide attempt and losing everything. His story of inspriation is a message of hope for all. Below is an excerpt form his biography.

In my own life, I continue to battle the PTS beast. In September of 2017 I had to spend a month at the IAFF center of excellence in Upper Marlboro, MD. The peers I met are now friends for life. I grew a lot from that experience. In fact, I discovered my ability and gift for art. When I returned home, I enrolled in Full Sail University for Computer Animation. Month in and I am crushing it. But daily I live this recovery. It’s bad lows sometimes lasting days not weeks any more. My kids, family, and friends are still very unsure of my recovery but I do my best to do the things I need to do to keep me healthy.  I put all my heart and passion into Chapter 1 and my college classes. I hope to work as a graphic designer/animator in less than three years. I also hope to have a Chapter 1 Foundation in every major city by 2025.


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Episode 25- Creating the Change You Wish to See in Yourself and the World

Episode 25- Create the Change You Want to See

Join Life Coach Arnie Fonesca and I as we speak about actually becoming the change you want to see in yourself and the world.

Arnie Fonseca, Jr is a strategic life coach, an interventionist, speaker, and consultant. He is the visionary behind Hands of Hope Coaching, a company that is making lasting change a possibility for anyone that is committed to creating positive, happier, healthier and more fulfilling experiences in their life, love and work. 

Arnie wants you to become The Change You Want To See In Others! Great leaders and individuals are not immune to failure, but they refuse to let their mistakes and misfortunes sink them.  Arnie is someone who has overcome adversity throughout his  life by not only persevering but also believing that H.O.P.E. is an action word; Having Only Positive Expectations!



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Episode 24- Fire and EMS Casualties of War

                                   Episode 24- Anthony “Tony” Correia Fire EMS Casualties of War

                             Join Tony and I as we discuss the changing of a long-standing culture of “suck it buttercup” mentality and how that needs to change. Too many men and women are suffering in silence and losing their careers way to early. We will be discussing his recently published article Fire EMS Casualties of War.

              Anthony Correia is a 40 year member of the fire & emergency service. Having risen through the ranks to various emergency service leadership positions. Mr. Correia is the recently retired Director of the Burlington Township NJ Fire Dept. Previous to that he was Fire Chief in Warrensburg MO. He continues to be an active firefighter & paramedic. 

 Chief Correia is active in many local, state and national organizations. International Association of Fire Chiefs, N.J. Fire & EMS Institute, NJ Career Fire Chiefs, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, National Fallen Fire Firefighters Foundation &  He previously sat on the NJ State EMS Advisory Council. Recently he collaborated with the NJ Division of Fire Safety to create the NJ Emergency Service Health & Fitness Coalition He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy and is a Certified Public Manager from the? ?American Academy of Certified Public Managers

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Episode 23- Peer Support: The Better Way to Go?

Episode 23- Dennis Cole and The Uniformed Services Peer Council-

Join Dennis and I as we discuss his story and what motivated him to start this peer council designed to help providers with issues that up until recent days have had little support.

Episode 23- Dennis Cole and The Uniformed Services Peer Council-

Join Dennis and I as we discuss his story and what motivated him to start this peer council designed to help providers with issues that up until recent days have had little support.


Dennis Cole is the President and founder of the Uniformed Services Peer Council (USPC), a nonprofit agency in Connecticut that provides direct assistance to first responders by networking effective help and ensuring proper access to resources.  Almost four years ago, he survived his second and nearly complete brush with suicidality, alcohol abuse, and the effects of trauma.  During the recovery process, he encountered many areas that were severely lacking in our system of help and several gaps that needed to be addressed.  With the help of friends and others who had similar experiences, the organization was formed.  Networking effective and reputable people to assist and guide others through the process of wellness is paramount to improving another’s success and is a mainstay of his work.  USPC has a focus of “peers helping peers” and assisting each other through the journey and pairing them with professional help.   Their network has grown to over 20 providers who have all been screened to meet the highest criteria for professional effectiveness including specialties in trauma work, professional counseling, addiction and substance abuse, mind-body connection, and through to primary care and sleep

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram- @uspc

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram- @uspc

Episode 22- Why We Still Talk About 9/11 When We Talk about PTSD

Episode 22- 9/11 and Beyond

Join best-selling author Helaina Hovitz as we speak about her journey from 9/11  to present day where she not only survived darkness but now thrives in the same city where she witnessed the horror that almost consumed her.

Helaina Hovitz is an editor, writer, content strategist, speaker, and author of the memoir After 9/11. She has written for and worked with 50 publications including The New York Times, Salon, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, Women’s Health, Newsweek, The Fix, and Teen Vogue. She is a mental health advocate, nonprofit enthusiast, and rescue dog lover.





Twitter: @helainahovitz 








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