Deer Hollow Alumni Experiences
"I have worked in different areas of law enforcement since 1994 and I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2007. The counseling I sought out did little to help my struggles. In 2018, I was drinking heavily and went to a trauma treatment center in California. Once again, it did little for me because their “trauma program” did not have any therapeutic treatment. Shortly after I got out, I spiraled downhill again in desperation, depression, racing thoughts and isolation. I’d lost my love of life. Some of my law enforcement family recommended Deer Hollow. On my second day there, I listened to Dr. Crawford’s lecture on PTSD 101 and I was blown away by the information. Everything she explained about PTSD pertained to what I felt every day! The therapeutic team there are incredible. They don’t just counsel you, they teach you, utilizing statistically-proven methods like DBT, CPT, EMDR and many other interventions and tools that have changed my life. They also provided the tools to get back into good physical shape by taking us to the gym five days a week, cross fit once a week, and yoga three days a week. I highly recommend Deer Hollow to both law enforcement and military people who are struggling with their trauma. They are amazing."
Hear from Deer Hollow Alumni Holly
"My experience with Deer Hollow has been amazing. I came in as a broken down, scared, tore up, lost woman. Through the love and patience from the staff at Deer Hollow I was able to grow and learn to be a member of society. The staff is so willing to listen, give advice, laugh, be serious, and everything in between. Whatever I needed they were able to provide that for me. My journey didn’t end with Deer Hollow when I coined out. I get a call from someone at least once a month to check on me and make sure I am doing OK. I also call in a lot when I am having a hard time or need to hear a familiar voice and I am never turned away. Deer Hollow has become my safe place, and my family. I couldn’t have picked a better treatment center to start my journey in. I have a relationship with my children again. I will forever be grateful for what Deer Hollow gave me."
Hear from Deer Hollow Alumni Mike
"I started experiencing severe symptoms of PTSD years after symptoms actually started appearing. I did not know what was happening but I knew it was very unpleasant. The overwhelming anxiety, depression, and inability to sleep for a reasonable period of time forced me to acknowledge I had a problem and I did not know what to do. After much praying, and a series of contacts with different people, I was encouraged to go to Deer Hollow. I received more benefit than I imagined possible from Deer Hollow. Every person on staff at Deer Hollow was fabulous. The therapists are fantastic. They care about every person that comes through their program and are invested and well equipped to help each person address his or her trauma as much as they can. My marriage was good before, and it is excellent since Deer Hollow. I am a better father and a better friend since my time at Deer Hollow. I am also back to work as a detective and able to manage the PTSD symptoms effectively with many of the tools I learned, so the symptoms no longer control my life. I have encouraged many others to go to Deer Hollow since being back. I often tell people the way my PTSD eventually manifested itself was negative in a way unlike anything I have ever experienced. I also tell people, my time at Deer Hollow was positive in a way unlike anything I have experienced. If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, I cannot recommend Deer Hollow more highly."