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About Dr. Pytal

Dr. Anastasia Pytal

Anastasia Pytal, PsyD, ABPP, MPA is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology and the founder of the First Responders Resilience Center. Her area of professional interest and expertise is working with law enforcement professionals and their loved ones on issues pertaining to trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and work-related stress. 

Through patient-therapist collaboration, Dr. Pytal works with clients to first explore a problem and understand its origin, and then she teaches them practical skills they can use outside therapy to live more productive and satisfying lives.

She specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, an integrative approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. She also provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS), evidenced-based and action-oriented therapies targeted to the unique needs of first responders.

Dr. Pytal has received specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Management for Emergency Services from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. As both a former first responder and a psychologist, she has a multifaceted perspective of the impact that critical incidents have on individuals.

In November 2021, she completed Yale University School Management Executive Education, Woman’s Leadership Program.   She is a certified Hostage Negotiator and is trained to perform Psychological Autopsies.  

She is a founding member of and Mental Health Liaison for Survivors of Blue Suicide Foundation. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Psychological Services Section. She served on a work group to address the best practices to handle an officer’s death. 

She has the authority to practice in numerous jurisdictions through the Authority to

Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and/or Temporary
Authorization to Practice (TAP), Granted
by the PSYPACT Commission, (1/30/22, #9115)

PsyPact states include:

 AL  AR  AK  CO  CT  DE  DC  GA  ID  IL  IN  KS  KY  ME  MD  MN  MO  NE  NV  NH  NC  OH  OK  PA  TN  TX  UT  VA  WA  WV  W

Dr. Anastasia Pytal giving a presentation to IACP

Speaker, Trainer, Workshop Facilitator

A nationally known speaker, trainer, and workshop facilitator, Dr. Pytal has addressed municipal, county, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as non-profit organizations, labor unions, and professional associations. 

Dr. Pytal holds a Doctor of Psychology and Master’s Degree from The American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC at Argosy University, and has earned the distinction of Diplomate in Police Psychology from the Society of Police and Criminal Psychology. and has  aMasters in Public Administration from The American University, Washington, DC.

She completed a one-year American Psychological Association accredited doctoral internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, N.J. Her post-doctoral work was completed at the Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked with officers, officials, and family members.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police – Police Psychological Services Section
  • Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
  • American Psychological Association-Division 18
  • New Jersey Psychological Association
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association

Licensure/Certifications

  • New Jersey # 5288
  • New York # 020326
  • Washington, DC # 1000880 (inactive)
  • Diplomate in Police Psychology-Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
  • National Register Health Service Psychologist # 54130
  • Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology (#10190, 11/17/22)
  • Hostage Negotiator Certification, 11/11/22
  • Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and/or Temporary Authorization to Practice (TAP), Granted by the PSYPACT Commission, (1/30/22, #9115)

Dr. Anastasia Pytal
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