First

Responders

Law Enforcement ~ Firefighters ~ Corrections ~ Medical Professionals

 

Are you a First Responder working in law enforcement; quite possibly you chose to be a firefighter;  maybe the field of criminal justice or department of corrections is choice; or the wide field of emergency medicine was the route of caring for others.

Yet, day after day, week after week, month after month you continue to have a hard time understanding or expressing your emotions out of a desire to remain stoic, resilient, and in control?

As someone who bears witness to critical situations on a daily basis, you may have a hard time “clocking out” even when the workday is over. With your work-life balance chronically unalanced, you may wonder if there is actually space for you and your emotions to not be "ON" as though the alarm, call or radio voice will always find then interupt you.

Even if you manage to get on a regular, manageable work schedule, stress and worry are still keeping you up at night. Often sleep-deprived, you may feel like there is no energy left for your relationships, hobbies, or self-care—the emotional heaviness of your profession begins to feel heavily toxic to your everydayness.


And Families Notice First...

Numbness, withdrawning, isolation, anger, hyper-awareness while always fatigued. Feeling like you barely get through the day. Your family and friends may tell you to "chill out" that you are not at the department, station, hospital or prison; yet, it feels inceasing difficult if not immpossible to escape rescue, crisis or chaos mode.

Believing there is noone to tell what you are feeling and who could possibly understand your intense job,  you may turn inward or numb and distract yourself via substance use, affairs, and other unhealthy behaviors. The truth is that you are most likely continuing to relive & rewind some of the trauma and horrific situations you encounter daily, which inevitably causes you to disconnect from yourself and those around you.

Whether you are First Responder or the person that a First Responder comes home too, you experience unique occupational traumas too. In wanting to maintain a stronger sense of balance and peace in your life, you may be in search of a skilled  yet compassionate, understanding yet, action-oriented therapist who keenly  understands the high-risks, intense demands, and all the traumas associated with careers as a First Responder. Whether you feel individual, couple or family counseling is most helpful, I will hold space for all of your emotions, offering valuable insight and trauma coping and management skills during the journey.

 


My Therapeutic Approach

Every one of my sessions is wildly different.....well because we are all unique {think fingerprints!} and deserve to have a highly individualized therapeutic process. With  First Responders, I will make space for your specific pain points and environmental triggers. I work with couples and families, partners of First Responders, and individual First Responders themselves in within the theraptic process, whether they’re experiencing burnout, life transitio,  relationship dysfunction, or symptoms of mental health issues and post-traumatic stress.

Depending on what is important for you to accomplish in your mental health therapy, I will adjust my approach to address surface-level struggles, untangle deeply held traumas, or a combination of both. Before diving into your emotions and experiences, I will make sure you and I have a solid grasp of what your traumas are and how they impact both your brain and therefore the rest of your body. From there, I am likely to use a combination of trauma-informed and behavioral methods, including BrainSpotting (BSP) Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and trauma-informed Solution Focused Therapy (TSFT)  to help rewire your nervous system, stress responses, and allow you to get back in touch with yourself and your everyday livlihood.

For couples specifically, therapy will aim to increase intimacy, communication, and connection between you and your partner. We will do this by engaging elements of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).  This theraptic blending will  allow you to further understand your emotions and communication styles, thereby facilitating newfound awareness and mutual understanding of one another and what action-packed solutions need to be developed.

No matter if you’re the partner of a First Responder or a First Responder yourself, counseling gives you a chance to work through your feelings, increase assertiveness around your boundaries, learn communication skills and thechniques and feel like your needs are being met in a real, lasting way. As a First Responder, your profession does not afford you many opportunities for peace, but therapy can be your gateway to a more meaningful, fulfilled, and healed existence.

If your profession as a First Responder has led to relationship conflict, life transition,  or symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress, clinical therapy with myself may give you and your family a chance to explore and process tough emotions and just learn something that changes the life of you and those you love.