Category: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

79: “We Will Never Forget” Remembering 9/11 with Retired San Jose CA Fire Captain David C. Lerma

Interview with Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma

David Lerma is a retired Captain from San Jose Fire Department. David retired in 2009, after serving for 29 years. During this time, David received numerous certificates and commendations, including a Medal of Valor for his service at the World Trade Center attack.

David is certified in high and low angle rope rescue, structure collapse and confined space rescue, and is a certified instructor for Rescue Systems One and Swift Water Rescue. David is also a long-standing member of Los Bomberos of Northern CA, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve fire protection to communities throughout Santa Clara County, and is committed to serving the community through volunteer opportunities, partnerships such as Toys for Tots, and scholarship and mentorship programs. David has proudly served his community as a member of Los Bomberos for over 40 years!


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Los Bomberos of Northern California

“We want to serve the community of San Jose with all the support we can give. Whether it is giving backpacks and supplies to kids to help them succeed in their school year or to give children toys that they deserve to open on Christmas morning just like any other child. We want to serve any and better their lives.” (, 2023)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Episodes  – Therapists Uncut

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What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:

Nikki Young (they/them/theirs) is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet,  always manages to keep the TU Crew laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring them back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, they is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at

Alyssa Najera (she/her/hers) is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at  or


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