Sonny Provetto

Founder Of The Vermont Center For Responder Wellness

Sonny Provetto, LICSW, is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)-approved trauma consultant, certified EMDR clinician, and trainer for police, fire, and EMS — nationally and internationally.

He is the founder of the Vermont Center for Responder Wellness and the architect of the Acute Stress Adaptive Protocol, an EMDR-based trauma intervention used by First Responders in the wake of a traumatic event. His experiences span a career as a police officer and an emergency mental health clinician at 9/11 ground zero. These experiences have guided his clinical practice with First Responders for over 20 years.  The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness (the Center) is a full-service treatment center specializing in treating traumatic stress. The Center also provides training around mental health and developing a peer-support program using EMDR Early Interventions (EEI) as the core modality.

Sonny currently consults on issues of stress and trauma with 20 Vermont departments. He is a subject-matter expert on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who, in 2017, testified for the Vermont legislature to make PTSD a compensable injury for First Responders. This resulted in Vermont becoming the first state in the United States to recognize PTSD as a work-related injury for first responders. Sonny is the recipient of the 2018 EMDRIA Advocacy Award as a distinguished clinician, recognized for the
support and advancement of EMDR as an effective therapy for treating trauma in emergency service personnel. Recently, Sonny received the Champion Award from the New York State Department of Human Services for providing consultation and training on stress, trauma, and resiliency issues.


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