22ZERO and our Why
PTSD is an injury and it can heal!
In September 2018, I had my paradigm changed forever. I learned of new and effective treatments for trauma, which are true breakthroughs. I went through a new treatment, scientifically studied for the clinical world with evidence to support their claims of 92 percent success at ending PTSD symptoms. We funded more than 30 licensed counselors in this process.
With the onset of COVID-19, we were forced to create our own process to ensure our own survival as an organization. We had to carry our own water. We went to the roots of the Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) work and modeled a process designed for phobia cures and using what is called visual/kinesthetic dissociation, and the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP) was born. We have several PHDs and Licensed Mental Health Counselors eager to help us with our clinical research, which is exciting. The processes are The Trauma Resiliency-Protocol (TR-P) for PTSD and acute stress and the Emotions management Process (EMP) for negative emotions like anger, anxiety, fear, sadness and survivor’s guilt, etc. The research has commenced and the successes are astounding!
Our goal in the Resiliency Coaching Program training is to use no details about the traumatic incidents or the extreme negative emotions and avoid talking about the events. Details just get in the way of the brain’s natural ability to heal itself. We do have counselors that we will refer clients to when necessary. We are here to give the individual the resiliency skills to bounce back from trauma or extreme negative emotions, teaching their brain a new skill. Effectively ending the symptoms associated with PTSD. Two 100 client studies proved effective at ending PTSD symptoms in all 200 using the Trauma Resiliency-Protocol (TR-P). To date, we have trained 124 peer coaches, counselors, deputy sheriffs, police officers, firefighters, members of the Florida National Guard, the Florida Air National Guard, and civilians.
“We are our brothers’ and our sisters’ healers”
Founder, President & Treasurer
- Masters of Public Administration, from Central Michigan University
- U.S. Army retired, Sergeant First Class (E-7)
- Deputy Sheriff retired
- Former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant
- The Developer of the 22Zero Resiliency Coaching Program
- Developer of the Trauma Resiliency Protocol (TRP)
- Developer of the Emotions Management Process (EMP)
Read Dan's Story
Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis was deployed to a combat zone in Afghanistan in 2011. Shortly after his arrival, he stepped on a pressure plate and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) five feet from his position on the patrol. The IED inflicted a traumatic brain injury. He insisted on continuing to lead his troops on the battlefield instead of taking a break, however, the Battalion surgeon ordered him out for a week before rejoining his Soldiers. After weeks of no sleep, as a result of the IED blast, he led his squad on a mission to escort an explosive team to defuse a bomb found by another Platoon. His role in the lead vehicle as the truck commander (TC) was to detect IEDs on the route, to ensure safe passage for the other vehicles in the convoy. An undetected IED exploded under the fourth vehicle in the convoy, taking the life of SPC Doug Cordo. Dan felt responsible for the losing Doug.
Near the end of his deployment, Dan received a Red Cross message informing him that his mother was deathly ill. He immediately left Afghanistan and headed to the United States in hopes of seeing his mom before she took her last breath. Unfortunately, he did not make it in time to say good-bye before she died, which weighed heavily on him. After her funeral, Dan returned to his assigned duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska at Ft. Wainwright. Burdened under the weight of such guilt and still unable to sleep, Dan sought an escape by binge drinking each night until he fell asleep.
On the night of March 2, 2013, he contemplated suicide – eyeing the rifle in the corner and convincing himself that it would be easy to end the mental torture. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet on the floor of the apartment above him, he realized he would potentially endanger those kids if a bullet was fired. As usual, he passed out from the alcohol. He awoke the next morning to a call informing him that one of the soldiers from his former Platoon, SPC Corey Smathers, had shot and killed himself the night prior. Questioning how they missed the signs that Smathers was struggling, Dan realized that he too was masking the signs from those he knew and loved. Dan and the other men struggled emotionally as they grieved their fellow brother and Soldier. Watching the men struggle and worrying that he may “green light” one of them to do the same, Dan resolved that he would not take his own life. However, the mental torture remained as did the binge drinking each night.
Due to multiple combat injuries, Dan retired from the Army on September 11, 2014, and returned home to Winter Haven, Florida. He quickly busied himself by reentering the law enforcement profession. Mutual friends introduced Dan to his future wife in January 2015, whom he married in April 2016. All the while, he hid his struggles. Unfortunately, his combat injuries forced his retirement from law enforcement in May of 2017.
With little to occupy his time, the weight of his military experiences, and transition out of service began to manifest more visibly in his drinking, depression, nightmares, night sweats, and negative outlook. His wife strongly encouraged him to seek help, and he contacted the local VA Office. The VA diagnosed Dan with Post Traumatic Stress and began to treat him with prolonged exposure therapy, which tormented him nearly as much as the trauma he had experienced. He opted not to continue this line of treatment after the VA canceled a couple of appointments.
Dan went through the breakthrough treatment and his experience with alternative therapies was so life-changing that he was compelled to help others find the same relief from traumatic memories.
The 22Zero Team
Read Joe's Bio
Joe Nigra is a Director of Maintenance for a corporate flight department based in Baltimore, MD. He began his aviation career serving in the United States Marine Corps as a KC-130 Flight Technician. After leaving the military, Joe transferred his skill set to the civilian world taking a Flight Technician position with General Electric Corporate Air Transport. Joe holds several professional certifications in his field including Airframe and Powerplant, Inspection Authorization, Aero IT and Certified Aviation Manager (CAM). Joe is a trained Resiliency Coach and has a strong devotion to his fellow Marines, Veterans, and all who serve. He is committed to helping our clients live their best life and shares in the devotion of the dedicated volunteers at 22zero.
Dr. Phil Baquie
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Originally from Australia, Dr. Phil “Doc” Baquie is a licensed mental health professional with a unique set of skills. Doc is a highly experienced communicator who specializes in training law enforcement and military personnel. Part of his passion to work with sheepdogs comes from his own background in the military, law enforcement, and private security contracting professions. In addition to holding a master’s degree in counseling and a doctor of psychology, he is a law enforcement firearms instructor, certified in high-risk global protective operations, and a trained hostage/crisis negotiator.
Doc is the founder and CEO of Alpha 6 Tactical Solutions, a private security contracting and training company, primarily operating overseas protecting US-based companies and training developing nation law enforcement. In addition to Alpha 6, he is the owner and founder of Wellness Centers USA, a large private multi-location mental health practice. Doc serves as a division-wide clinician and trainer for a federal 3 letter agency and spends the majority of his time consulting and training first responders and military personnel.
Executive Board Member
Read Mercy's Bio
Ms. Ameyaw currently serves as a Director of Municipal Dealer Sales for the Raymond James Financial Fixed Income Department where she serves a trade liaison between the firm’s Municipal department and other broker / dealers throughout the country. She also serves as the Co-Chair for the Raymond James Valor Network (Veterans Inclusion Network), which is a representation of all service branches, fostering camaraderie, networking, and advocating for Veterans professional development, support, and community outreach. Ms. Ameyaw is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Pinellas, which in partnership with local schools and organizations, focuses on developing and equipping girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives, break the cycle of poverty, and become role models in their community. Ms. Ameyaw recently joined the 22Zero Follow Me Inc Board of Directors with a mission to reduce the number of suicides in the active military, veterans, and first responder communities. She is also an active member of St. Petersburg chapter of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Organization, dedicated to achieving equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, information, and education. Prior to her current role, Ms. Ameyaw served as a Director in the Raymond James Internal Audit department, responsible for developing and executing robust AML/financial crimes audit plans in accordance with Internal Audit standards and relevant government statutes/regulations, as well as managing Audit Managers and Senior Audit staff. Ms. Ameyaw’s experience also includes analysis and investigation of financial crimes matters while working for the JP Morgan Chase Global Financial Crimes Compliance (GFCC) Team.
Before entering the corporate, Mercy Ameyaw proudly served in the US Army. Ms. Ameyaw retired in 2019 after serving almost 17 years in the United States Army (multiple duty stations). In her last duty position, she served as the Acting First Sergeant (1SG) and Platoon Sergeant (PSG) in an elite and selectively-manned Airborne Unit (Joint Communications Support Element- JCSE), and worked closely with Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and law-enforcement partners. In her military career, Ms. Ameyaw specialized in Special Operations Forces (SOF) multi-level intelligence analysis, counter-threat finance and counter-narcotics operations, and signal/network operations. During her military career, Ms. Ameyaw participated in 2 combat tours (Afghanistan) and 2 overseas NATO missions (Germany and Bosnia) which resulted in several awards, including but not limited to two Bronze Star Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. Various Department of Defense (DoD) and law enforcement agencies have recognized Ms. Ameyaw’s accomplishments in the Intelligence Community through her execution of 6 combined counter-narcotics operations between DEA and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Special Operations Forces (SOF) units. These operations resulted in the disruption of several international drug trafficking organizations, removal of over 20 high value targets, removal of over 100 enemy insurgents, and the destruction of over 30 metric tons of narcotics and precursors (worth $10mil +) across 21 Afghan provinces.
Ms. Ameyaw was born in Ghana (West Africa) and raised in Modena (Northern Italy) and speaks six languages. Her father heads an international missionary organization, which exposed her to many different countries and cultures until her family moved to the U.S. when she was 13 years old. Her international upbringing led her to pursue a double Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Intelligence Studies & Strategic Operations. Ms. Ameyaw currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband and two basenji dogs.
Read Nick's Bio
Read Jesse's Bio
Jessica is a trained Resiliency Coach and the Executive Assistant for 22Zero. She was connected with Dan Jarvis in 2020, the founder of 22Zero, after she and her husband settled down in Florida ending a two year backpacking trip around the world. Jessica’s husband is a Marine Corps Combat Vet and former Fighter. He was the Arizona State Firefighter of the Year in 2017 while struggling with anger, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse until he finally found healing from Trauma Resiliency Protocol with 22Zero. After experiencing the healing effects of her own past trauma, including a rape and home invasion, and seeing the changes in her husband she knew she wanted to support this incredible organization that truly cares about helping others and saving lives. In Jessica’s spare time she loves to travel, read, spend time in nature, eat delicious food, watch movies with her husband and hang out with her two golden doodles Calvin and Ruby.
Dr. Pam Arnell
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Dr. Arnell has been the Youth Service Officer (YSO) for Giles County, Tennessee, since 2014. Before being the YSO, she owned Arnell’s Counseling Service, Inc., as a contract provider for the State of Tennessee for 14 years. Dr. Arnell has been an adjunct faculty at Columbia State Community College since 2004, teaching in the Psychology program and some Education classes. Dr. Arnell has been a member of the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad since 2008 and is also a member of the Pulaski Lions Club. She served on the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network as the regional committee chair from 2004- 2011. Dr. Arnell also served on the State Advisory Council for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network from 2004-2014. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Arnell completed an analysis on The Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention based on the original National Strategies for Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Arnell became involved with 22Zero in March 2021, when the Giles County Fire and Rescue Squad assistant fire chief asked if she would be willing to go through the training. One of the reasons she was asked is that Dr. Arnell handles the critical debriefing for squad members and her mental health training. She was doubtful at first and said, “let me look at the website first. I have a certain way of handling the debriefings and am not a cookie-cutter type counselor (Arnell, 2021).” Once Dr. Arnell looked at the website and thoroughly researched the website, she said, “o.k. I will give it a try (Arnell, 2021).”
In April of 2021, Dr. Arnell went through the training process and was astonished at how well the program worked. “Due to my job, working with children/youth who have been abused, neglected and working with them with their trauma being in law enforcement for five years as a reserve deputy, a rescue squad member, childhood trauma, in addition to being married to a veteran; I am a believer of the process (Arnell, 2021).” Now, Dr. Arnell is involved with 22Zero/ Healing the Hero by analyzing data and assisting with publications. She has already successfully treated individuals that previously struggled with PTSD symptoms.