Counseling for First Responders
First responders such as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs regularly encounter life-threatening traumatic situations. These brave professionals are often forced to make life-and-death decisions in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, being exposed to this amount of trauma can lead to PTSD, somatic complaints, suicidal ideation, marital discord, substance abuse, insomnia, and more. Unfortunately, these heroes who are first to respond to the trauma are often the last to seek treatment.
First Responders are dedicated to the well-being of others, they embody the value of “service before self,” and they are committed to their work. While these qualities are noble, when helping professionals ignore their own well being or try to power through their suffering, their effectiveness is diminished and they rob themselves of the same dignity they provide to those they help. Seeking help can be difficult. As a first repsonder, it can be instinctive to inaccurately believe trauma is a sign of weakness, that no one will understand your situation, or that you should be able to handle things on your own. In fact, seeking help and inviting someone into your life to help is a sign of strength and is a common need for those who are systematically exposed to trauma in their professional life.
Our counselors who are experienced working with first responders will speak with you to develop a plan to address your concerns and symptoms in a comfortable setting where your information is kept strictly confidential. Our office provides several treatments that are highly effective with trauma including, but not limited to, EMDR and CBT.