“There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being.”
—Richard K. Schachern
What is Certified First Responder Counseling?
As a Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC), I specialize in providing therapy services to individuals, families, and couples belonging to the Law Enforcement and First Responder Community. As a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) and First Responder, one experiences a great sense of stress, danger, and ongoing daily demands. The LEO and First Responder lifestyle and culture affects not only the LEO and First Responder, but also his/her spouses, partners, parents, children, and companions who play an integral role in his/her life, health, and overall wellness.
My job is to create a safe and supportive space for you with the deep understanding of how the culture, attitudes, beliefs, and values are viewed within this unique community. We can then explore ways to manage tough experiences, build resilience for future experiences, develop various coping skills, and lastly, work on restoring parts of your life and relationships that feel broken.
Who Are First Responders?
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Emergency Room Staff
- 911 Communications
- Those that interact with the same people emergency responders do, including Behavioral Health Personnel, Forensics, Social Services, etc.
How Counseling Can Help
Do you feel a heightened sense of stress or anxiety? Do you feel burnt out? Do you find that the things you see daily just stick with you, even after the day is over? Do you find yourself being more cynical nowadays? Do you often feel judged in your day to day decision-making? Do you feel pressure to be perfect? Are you always the voice of reason in the midst of a lot of chaos? Do you find the stress from your job taking a toll on your personal life?
If you can relate to any of these experiences, know that you are not alone and you don’t have to do it alone. Receiving support through therapy can provide you with the sense of validation and relief from the heaviness you’ve been carrying.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”