Brian and Cathy have found themselves in the unique position of not only being able to help clients deal with mental health and leadership individually, but also as a team, offering comfort and support to other spouses and families who have been impacted by trauma, mental health, and the toll of lives dedicated to serving others.
Cathy DeBresser Knowler BA, BEd, MEd
Trainer, Mental Health Educator, Retired Teacher and Principal
Until 2012, Cathy was an elementary school teacher and principal after graduating from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education.
Being raised by a police officer and marrying Brian, Cathy knows what it’s like to be the spouse and child of a first responder. She understands the complex dance of living with someone whose work took over their lives and took it's toll on their mental health.
Cathy found herself in the middle of Brian's decline, all while trying to maintain a full time job and raise small children. She can sympathize with the feeling of being overwhelmed with a loved one's mental health decline and self medicating due to trauma. She remembers all too well being on the brink of divorce and turning things around to help her husband get the help he needed in order to thrive.
Cathy speaks publicly with Brian about the effects PTSD has had on her and her family, and tells the raw tale in a relatable way. She is a counselor who works exclusively with the families, spouses and partners of first responders, especially those dealing with trauma.
She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. (5164-G). She is a Mental Health Educator for the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, helping others understand the impacts of adverse childhood experiences, adolescent mental health issues and how to have mental wellness across the lifespan.
She runs an active household, her own business and ensures Brian, her two teenage sons, and three dogs all live a balanced life.
Brian Knowler BA, JD
CEO and Lead Trainer
Author, Trainer, Coach, Police Officer, Lawyer
Brian is a veteran police officer, retired lawyer, speaker, and author involved in the justice system since 1994. In 2004 he was the lead investigator in a motor vehicle crash involving the death of a close friend, causing his life to spiral until he was finally diagnosed with, and began therapy for, PTSD in 2012.
Brian has published two books about his experiences with trauma and leadership: ‘On the Other Side of Broken – One Cop’s Battle With the Demons of PTSD’, 2016, and ‘Career Suicide is Overrated’, 2018.
Brian is a professional speaker, offering training on various aspects of mental health and leadership for public safety agencies, corporations, government agencies, and educational institutes. He has also been consulted by for media outlets on issues surrounding trauma, leadership, and public safety across North America.
Brian is a certified leadership coach and a member of the International Institute for Mental Health Leadership. Brian’s CAPITAL L Leadership training program received the 2019 Corporate Livewire Award for Excellence in Mental Health Support.