At FRSS we serve police, fire, and public safety communications personnel along with immediate family members. We know that it’s important for you to feel that your spouse and children are taken care of and that you are providing for their needs. We also know that having a strong support system at home enhances your resilience and ability to weather the challenges of public safety. Therefore, our contracted services include counseling for your spouse and minor children.
Our services are provided at no cost to public safety members and their immediate family members within the departments in which we serve. We do not utilize nor bill insurance, and accept only public safety members in our private pay practice. The departments we proudly serve include the following:
First Responder Support Services, PLLC provides confidential, informed, and professional counseling for the individual first responder and his or her spouse. We provide counseling associated with the specific challenges of public safety; critical incident exposure, compassion fatigue, sleep disruption and depletion. We also provide counseling associated with topics that anyone may be challenged with; grief or loss, illness, feeling depressed or anxious, and family of origin upsets or abuse. Essentially, under the uniform is a human being who is susceptible to the general vulnerabilities, frustrations and disappointments that accompany all of us on our journey through life. We’re honored to assist during the most challenging times.
Working in a stressful and demanding field such as public safety may strain even the strongest marriages. FRSS works with couples, helping you both to better understand each other’s perspective and find healthy ways to communicate about and cope with the stressors of long-hours and absences, high risk assignments and critical incident exposures. We also assist you in tackling the common marital differences in the areas of problem-solving, finances, parenting, and sexuality.
Parent and Child Assessment and Counseling
One of the many values of the first responder is that of being a quality provider for his or her family, allow us to support you in that effort. FRSS serves first responders by providing competent assessment, referral and/or counseling for your minor children. This may be related to the job as children sometimes need help talking about and managing emotions stirred by the dangers their parent is regularly facing or comments their peers may be making about the profession. Children may also struggle with school adjustment, anxiety, depression, bullying, or self-esteem issues. Even the best parents need assistance from time to time. We are happy to meet with you to assess what may be affecting your child and create a plan with you to enhance your child’s coping, support family communication, explore parental discipline strategies and/or strengthen family relationships.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) is a form of therapy used to reprocess a traumatic experience, creating resolution and healing. E.M.D.R. is effective for a variety of concerns, including, work related critical incidents, traumatic personal losses, childhood abuse, insecurities, interpersonal conflicts, and communication. Every therapist at FRSS is trained in E.M.D.R. due to the effectiveness of this modality in clearing critical incidents associated with emergency response. E.M.D.R. utilizes the brain’s information processing system to reprocess and resolve the physical and emotional triggers embedded in trauma. Please see our Resources section for links to additional information about this method.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.) is a counseling method used to resolve an array of challenges and upsets. The A.R.T. intervention focuses on the individual’s interpretation and story rather than symptoms or activation resulting from traumatic experiences. A.R.T. capitalizes on the process of memory reconsolidation and uses imagery to assist the client in taking charge of the situation and “re-writing” the experience. A.R.T. has begun to be used extensively by the US military, including US Special Operations Forces, and is frequently effective within three to five sessions. Every FRSS therapist is also trained in this approach. Please see our Resources section for links to additional information about this method.
Critical Incident Response
While critical incident exposure is a consequence of the job for public safety, the accumulations are your choice. FRSS’ informal mission is to convince public safety personnel that resolving critical incidents is straight-forward, worth your time and preventive. Assisting first responders in resolving critical incidents is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work. The burden of critical incidents may be lifted with the use of E.M.D.R. or A.R.T. in just a few sessions. First responders have become acclimated to carrying the burden of these exposures and often minimize the impact on personal health and well-being, marital satisfaction and fidelity and one’s ability to stay engaged at home. We want you to thrive in your career, and life, not just survive it. We invite you to muster the courage, reach out and allow us to assist you.
Contact First Responder Support Services for More Information
At First Responder Support Services, PLLC, we are honored to serve public safety personnel and their families. As first responders your jobs are tough, hard on you, and your family at times. We are in your corner and will help you recover when you are struggling and most vulnerable. FRSS is here to give you the tools, support, and guidance to keep facing the job and daily challenges with the resiliency and strength you desire.
For more information about our counseling services or to schedule an appointment, reach out to our First Responder Support Services today.
Contact First Responder Support Services for More Information
At First Responder Support Services, PLLC, we are honored to serve public safety personnel and their families. As first responders your jobs are tough. Tough on you and your family at times. FRSS is here to give you the tools, support, and guidance to keep facing that job and the challenges that face us all today with the resiliency and strength you desire.
By supporting you and your family, you have someone in your corner to help you when you are feeling at your most vulnerable.
For more information on our counseling and therapy services, we invite you to reach out to First Responder Support Services team today.