Therapy

Individual/Couple/Family 

 The impact of repeated exposure to threat and trauma can take a physiological and psychological toll on the first responder and his/her entire support system. The stress of this line of work is unique, and resiliency skills, support, and wellness training from a culturally competent professional are critical for overall health, quality of relationships, and occupational longevity. The impact of the job starts from day one at the academy and can last long after retirement; therefore, this type of therapy and training is recommended to help educate and inform the new first responder and family members on what to expect and how to create a healthy game plan, for first responders who are in the midst of their career so that tools can be applied to manage impact of prior exposure and to maintain healthy approaches for what’s ahead, and for those who are heading into retirement as, this too, demands a significant life adjustment.

With the utilization of evidence-based techniques, the first responder and loved ones can develop a new level of awareness and understanding that can foster connection, healing, and overall improved functioning.

A thorough and confidential intake is completed to determine the appropriate level of care and for the individual(s) to be introduced to the type of trauma-and-stress focused treatment that will be utilized. Together, we’ll identify your goals, potential roadblocks, and review the next steps so that you can feel informed and confident in the process.

Contact the office today at 469.352.7491 to set up a thorough and confidential intake. 

Non First Responders 

Individual/Couple/Family 

Life’s moments can be filled with experiences that range from pure joy to complete despair and everything in between. As humans, we do our best to navigate and learn from these moments, but the reality is that our efforts sometimes result in more struggle. Coping styles that worked for us back then may not be working for us now; whether it’s because what life is throwing at us now is different thus requiring new skills, or perhaps we got in the habit of pushing forward without slowing down to actually take care of ourselves and now we’ve hit a few roadblocks of exhaustion, frustration, and feeling overwhelmed. In addition, it is not uncommon that, despite good intentions, our current ways of coping actually become the very dynamics that make the situation harder. 

Learning to recognize our patterns, our thoughts, and our behaviors can be an incredibly useful first step towards healthy change. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I use techniques that are effective, relevant, and goal-focused. 

Contact the office today at 469.352.7491 to set up a thorough and confidential intake. Together, we’ll identify your goals, potential roadblocks, and review the next steps so that you can feel informed and confident in the process. 

Group therapy can be a positive alternative to individual therapy if you’re seeking awareness, support, and skills, but could also benefit from the group dynamic in that you recognize you’re not alone. Group members may not know exactly what you’re experiencing, but the process of sharing and hearing others’ situations can validate and normalize your own process. Building connection within a group can foster healthy connection in other areas of your life. 

 

Contact the office today at 469.352.7491 to learn of the different groups that are available.

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F1RST - First Responder Stress & Trauma

Heather Twedell, PsyD