First Responder and Law Enforcement Therapy
FIRST RESPONDER THERAPY
In search of a First Responder Therapist or a Law Enforcement Therapist? Our first responder counselors work with police, soldiers, firefighters and medical staff on stress, loss, ptsd and suicide. Available online, too.
Your well-being is the most important safety skill
You want your life to be less full of stress and complications. You’re thinking, “If I could just get through the day and be able to enjoy family/personal time without my work following me home.”
You knew that being a police officer would test your limits, but you didn’t think it would be this mentally draining?
Perhaps, the family career as a firefighter was what you always wanted and you worked so hard to get to where you are, but now find yourself struggling with aspects of the job that weren’t foreseen?
Or, when you and your partner started your relationship you talked about the difficulties of managing a rotating schedule and having a family, but now you find yourself struggling to cope.
Being a first responder has always been hard but in these modern times it feels like it’s even more challenging on individuals and families. We’ve asked you, frontline responders – police, firefighters, emergency medical staff, military personnel – to take these difficult and essential jobs that keep the Seattle area safe, and yet you are provided with little to no support in your mission. The community may even question your dedication to service and intention to protect the public you serve, leaving you feeling unappreciated and maybe even a little nervous about carrying out the duties of your job. Regardless if these concerns are unfounded or based on false perceptions, it hits you to your core.
For all these reasons, we’ve long made it a priority to provide mental health support for our first responders.
We work with many first responders on all kinds of issues unique to the job – From typical worry about PTSD, to the risk of coping with stress through the use of substances like alcohol, to the general pressures that the job places on families and relationships. You don’t have to face these hurdles alone. Our professionals understand the unique stressors that you and your family manage on a daily basis.
Counseling Can Help.
Being a first responder is a tough profession and hard on those who choose it. The physical threats are clear, which is why you train and sharpen your skills constantly to protect against the highly visible threats. The psychological dangers are more hidden but every bit as real. Knowing how to protect yourself mentally, especially knowing when it is time to get help, is as important to your well-being as any other safety skill.
1-on-1 Therapies for:
OUR THERAPY APPROACHES
Our Clinicians also help with:
- Personal Growth
- Navigating Life Transitions (relocation, career changes, stage of life growth)
- Existential Concerns
- Managing Anger or Panic
- Gaining control over Substance use & Addiction
Contact us to schedule an appointment or ask a question.
Our First Responder Approach to Trauma and Mental Health
LifeStance Health is a multi-disciplinary team of counselors and therapists. We are specialized in a variety of counseling approaches best suited for trauma including Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) & Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). We know that best therapy outcomes come from therapists that work best for your personal struggles, so we take great care in matching you with the counselor that is best for you.
We also understand that you can’t work on job related stress issues alone. We know that work stress spills over to our relationships with ourselves, our body, our friends and our family.
While the focus of our sessions is on helping you recover or prepare for job related traumas, we also encourage a comprehensive examination of your life as a whole.
While we work with first responders on understanding and integrating the traumas they face at work, we have people approach us with issues their children are experiencing.
When it comes to police, with the increasing media coverage of police departments across the country, tension can run high at the schools of police officers’ children. Children can taunt or provoke each other based on their parent’s occupation. Having to cope with the stress your child is feeling at school when combined with your service can be too much to handle.
Building Resilience and Coping Skills
The two main types of first responders that we serve include (1) those who are currently struggling with past or current traumas or (2) those who are hoping to build up resilience for future challenges.
When coping with past or recent traumas, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. The sooner you talk with a specialist about the event the better the odds are that you properly process it and avoid long term PTSD. Typically in our sessions after a major event, we start by getting to know the nature of your work and the nature of the specific incident. After we process that we can talk generally about the general difficulties you have faced in the line of duty and how that has weighed on you.
We also work with clients on some stress and trauma management techniques to help with daily struggles as we unpack deeper issues, beliefs and concerns in later sessions. As we continue to work together we can discuss larger concerns within the family or general life at home.
Working to build resiliency is something that we pride ourselves in as well. Resilience is the ability to “successfully adapt to stressors and maintain psychological wellbeing in the face of adversity.” Across all people, resilience can be learned. For example, many first responders have trained themselves (or been trained) to ignore or suppress signs of stress in order to focus on the task at hand.
The key idea that we teach first responders when it comes to managing emotions like stress is to not suppress and fight against emotions, but to think of emotions in a radically different way. We have found it helpful to train first responders on techniques to quickly take note of and accept their emotional cues. We do this through some of the ‘third wave’ cognitive behavioral therapy approaches that we offer to clients. In these approaches we build greater ‘mindfulness’ within clients of their own emotion processing.
It’s important to retrain your emotional responses, because if you continue to suppress difficult emotions, they remain in your subconscious mind and continue to do their work more subtly, slowing down the brain and adding undue stress. Instead, by learning to deal with the stress, before, during and after the event better, you can think more clearly and keep your resilience battery charged.
First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling
We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.
Call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.
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LifeStance Washington Locations
Tacoma Meadow Park
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
–Coming Fall 2021–
221 N Wall St.
Spokane WA 99201
5909 Orchard Street West
Tacoma, WA 98467
2420 S. Union Ave, Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98405
5201 Olympic Drive, Suite 210
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
21727 76th Ave West, Suite C
Edmonds, WA 98026