Counseling for First Responders
A common challenge in seeking out therapy as a first responder is finding a culturally competent mental health professional. Many first responders have been challenged with spending too much time explaining the logistics of their work (ie how the schedule works, ranks, job duties.) There is also the challenge of find a provider who can hear about the calls that you have been on and continue to be grounded and hold space for you. Having a culturally competent therapist can make a dramatic difference in your therapeutic experience. Meeting someone who knows and understands shift work and how the biological changes that occur during shift work affect you, gets the types of calls you go on and the exposures to danger and traumas, understands that dark humor is beneficial, and knows the challenges of transitioning from work mode to home mode is extremely valuable. This allows you to come in and get started on your goals while feeling confident that your provider is knowledgeable about the unique aspects and culture of your job.
As a mental health professional and the wife of a firefighter, I have personal experience with the unique challenges first responders have and how those challenges can affect various aspects of your life. For more information, please visit the resources page for links or contact me today for a free phone consultation.