First Responder Wellness

First Responder Wellness

Deer Hollow specializes in first responder wellness. Our clinical team has extensive experience assisting first responders with PTSD, anxiety, cumulative stress, behavioral addictions, and substance abuse. We understand how to apply the most effective and comprehensive treatments, and therapies, to help first responders heal the invisible wounds brought on by the trauma of their profession. First Responders can feel secure knowing Deer Hollow is confidential, safe, and private.

Training

Deer Hollow’s dedicated Training Team gives presentations to first responders across the country, focusing on smashing the stigma of shame that often keeps them from reaching out for help for mental health issues. This training is no-cost to agencies and attendees. For more information send an inquiry to: trainings@deerhollowrecovery.com.

Meet Our Training Team

Jared Nesary

First Responder Coordinator

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Retired Law Enforcement Officer

Jared is passionate about smashing the stigma of PTSD and improving mental health for first responders. He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a retired law enforcement officer. In his 22 year law enforcement career, Jared served on the SWAT team, Canine Patrol, Gang Patrol, and was also a School Resource Officer, and Peer Support Officer. Additionally, Jared was the lead Active Shooter/Rescue Task Force Instructor and the lead De-escalation Instructor for the Yakima Police Department. He retired in 2020. Jared’s personal story of his struggle with PTSD, his energy, and his empathy enables him to connect with the first responder, military, and veteran communities. Jared speaks the language of first responders, making his presentation compelling and poignant. Jared brings a true passion, inspiration, and dedication to our Deer Hollow team and to every person he meets. Jared wants first responders to know, “you are never alone.”


Read Jared’s story that was Featured in Police 1 on March 5, 2022:

“‘I want to be Jared again!’: An officer’s story of trauma and the process of healing”
The bravest moment in this U.S. Marine veteran and LEO’s life was when he asked for help.

Read the Full Story

Matt Quackenbush, LCSW, MBB

Director of Trainings and Education

Matt Quackenbush is an experienced therapist and mental health advocate with more than 12 years of experience and practice in the treatment of trauma and addiction. A University of Utah alum, Matt’s extensive training and experience include expertise in the most cutting-edge treatment modalities of EMDR, Mind-Body Bridging, CPT, DBT, and ACT. Matt is a husband and father of four children. He is passionate about fitness, health, and nutrition. Most importantly, Matt has dedicated his life to learning about and treating trauma and addiction, leading clients through their journeys with a uniquely passionate and empathic approach.