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 110 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
- 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 Resilient Heroes Coaching Program
- The Co-Developer of the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP)
- The 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. Janell Royster
Secretary and Training Director
Read Janell's Bio
Dr. Janell Royster served in the USAF as a surgical technician in the 1990s. She currently holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Industrial-organizational psychology as well as a master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling. Dr. Royster is also currently pursuing a second Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing licensure to be able to practice in 5 states.
Dr. Royster operates her practice, focusing on the health and wellness of veterans, active military, first responders, and their families. Dr. Royster also has a passion for helping children that have been traumatized by life experiences to get them back on track to healthy living.
Dr. Royster currently serves on the Virginia Clinical Counselor’s Alliance as the current treasurer for 2019-2021. Past boards have included Indiana and Illinois Counselors Associations between 2014-2017.
She has served on the American Counselors Association Committee for Human Rights from 2018-2019. Dr. Royster spent 2016-2017 as a member and conference coordinator for Safe Coalition for Human Rights.
Dr. Royster completed a PTSD breakthrough training designed for mental health counselors in NYC, NY, in January 2020. She has now treated 259 people in a brief period. The youngest client Dr. Royster has worked with is four years of age, and the eldest is 103.
Dr. Royster is fully committed to the mission of 22Zero, as the sponsoring organization for her training and has also accepted a board position with 22Zero to establish a mental health advisory committee.
Dr. Royster developed the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP). Dr. Royster is a certified trainer and practitioner of the TRP.
Dr. Royster is a certified practitioner of the Emotions Management Process (EMP).
Vice President and Growth Development Committee Leader, & Founding Member
Read Nick's Bio
Firefighter Outreach Coordinator
Read Jesse's Bio
Jesse is a former US Marine and Firefighter with a passion for helping others overcome adversity and execute on their goals. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness and Master’s Degree in Global Management both from Arizona State University. He’s an entrepreneur and life coach that helps people transform their lives after trauma.
Jesse was in 7th grade on the morning of 9/11 and ever since that day he has been called to serve something larger than himself. A former troubled youth, he cleaned it up just enough to graduate early from high school and join the Marine Corps. Over the following four years, he went on three deployments, was meritoriously promoted twice, and recognized as “Marine of the Quarter.” Struggling to find meaning in the world and make sense of his time in the Marines, Jesse was fortunate enough to be selected for a volunteer trip to Lima, Peru to teach at an orphanage in one of the cities poorest districts, Villa El Salvador. On the flight down, “I thought about how I couldn’t wait to help those kids,” he said. After two life changing weeks, it became clear, “They helped me. They changed me.”
Jesse decided to continue his education and discovered a passion for volunteerism and coaching. Since that trip to Peru he has spent hundreds of hours volunteering, coaching and mentoring individuals spanning all generations from all across the country and world. He was hired by the Mesa Fire and Medical Department in 2014. In 2016, Jesse lost his best friend from the Marines to a heroin overdose. The loss of his comrade fueled a drive to form a nonprofit that paired up veterans and troubled youth in a resiliency training and mentorship program. Due to his work in the community Jesse was recognized as the state “Firefighter of the Year” (Arizona – 2017).
Jesse says, “Nonprofit, volunteer, and fire service experience opened my eyes to the gaping hole in the mental health space that lets countless Americans slip through the cracks. I found that while drug overdoses, suicide and mental health issues rise across the Western world so does separation from the purpose, people and sense of connection that gives life the most meaning.” This realization, coupled with his own battles with depression, substance abuse, anxiety and PTSD, inspired him to resign from his firefighter career in search of a better way to bring about sustainable shifts in the mental health care system. He knew there was a better way.
For 2 years, Jesse backpacked around the world, going to grad school online, in search of answers and healing from his own childhood and traumatic past. He landed in Lakeland, FL summer of 2020 where he connected with Dan Jarvis. Jesse feels like he has found the team he’s been looking for and he’s motivated to help his veteran and first responder family find the relief they need to take back their life.
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.
Read Jen's Bio
The new edition to the 22Zero Tribe is Jen Daugherty; she will be our first case manager and in her own words:
I am a native of Illinois, exiled to Tennessee, headed to Florida. I retired from the Bureau of Prisons after 24 years as a federal law enforcement officer. Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Mother of 1 grown daughter, dog mom of 2 boys. Advocate for mental health for Correctional Professionals. Trained in Hostage Negotiation, Crisis Support, TR-P, EMP. Avid reader, gardener, and crafter. Lover of antiquities, history, and genealogy. Out of control, naturally curly hair, and a sick sense of humor.
Mental Health Advisory Committee Chair Person
Read Sabrina's Bio
Sabrina Johnson served the United States Navy as a SEABEE, assisting with the Hurricane Katrina Humanitarian effort and multiple deployments across the Middle East. She is a true American, and as a Navy Veteran, she knows how post-traumatic stress can affect every facet of one’s life and the lives of their loved ones.
Sabrina Johnson is also proactive in understanding how to assist her clients in overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder and providing them with the necessary skills to reduce symptoms. Sabrina continues to educate herself on emerging therapies and trends to provide the best program that works for each of her client’s individual needs. Sabrina recently went through the Trauma Resiliency- protocol and Emotions Management Process training in November 2020.
Sabrina received her education at South University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Old Dominion University. Sabrina continues to advocate for others without a voice and received certification as a National Credited Counselor.
Sabrina is currently working with IIH, MHSB clients, and conducts Substance Abuse support groups.