The Psychologist Helping D.C. Police Put Words to Trauma

Regular visits with trusted, independent mental health providers should be as routine as seeing the dentist, experts say.

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As a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Washington, D.C.’s lead police psychologist briefly considered dashing to the scene. After all, it’s something Dr. Beverly Anderson has done countless times before.

Instead, she spent much of the afternoon at the bedsides of dozens of officers wounded in the melee, then drove around town with some of the police union guys, “just showing her face to remind everybody that she’s there and she’s an asset,” one D.C. officer recalled.

In the weeks that followed, Anderson spent almost every day leading “debriefings” with the nearly 1,000 D.C. police officers who responded. Read more at Insider.

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