Dr. Dorothy McCoy, Maintaining Your Mental Edge

Dr. Dorothy McCoy Maintaining Your Mental Edge
with Dr. Dorothy McCoy

Dr. McCoy has been in private Practice as a Clinical Counselor for 10 years. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of South Carolina, her Masters Degree is from The Citadel, and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology is from the University of Sarasota. She is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; she is a Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist; a National Certified Therapist; Nova-trained Community Crisis Responder and Law Enforcement Consultant, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (North and South Carolina). (Dr. McCoy delivered a paper on "The Vietnam Veteran Myth" at the ISTSS International Conference in May 2001.) Visit her website at: www.police-stress.com

We're excited to offer Dr. McCoy's column as an avenue for additional assistance to our readers and members. Just another reason why PoliceOne is always on the cutting edge for the Law Enforcement community.

Welcome, I'll be your backup for stress related issues: trauma, relationships, conflict resolution, rational thinking and neural-chemical issues (i.e., depression, anxiety).

I have also worked with officers to help them meet their goals (behavior change). For example, if you would like to stop smoking, eat more healthful meals, lose weight, get in shape for running after the bad guys ... I'm your back-up for helping you with these behavior changes. I would also like to help you do your job by including columns on recognizing and approaching the mentally ill.

Since the de-institutionalization (removing the mentally ill from hospitals) these individuals have been sent back out into their communities. Many ill individuals are on the streets trying to cope with their illness.

  • How do you defuse an angry citizen?
  • How does anger harm your health?
  • Is stuffing anger away any better?
  • I will be discussing anger in my first column.

    If you have a specific issue you would like to have addressed, please e-mail to me at doc@police-stress.com

    I am excited about working with you; I hope you will contact me when you need backup.

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