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First Responder Treatment

We treat the injuries others don't see

Law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, 911 operators, corrections officers, emergency room personnel, and other first responders are at increased risk of developing emotional challenges as they put themselves on the front lines of responding to crises and emergencies regularly. Managing stress, trauma, loss, and violence are typically part of the job. Unfortunately, science shows that repeated exposure to highly stressful and traumatic situations impacts mental health and wellbeing in complex ways.

Our clinic is committed to working with First Responders to foster a compassionate and healing environment for those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving. The goal of this treatment is symptom relief so that clients can rebuild their lives and establish a sense of security. 

Components of treatment for First Responders includes:

  • Treatment provided by skilled clinicians in the areas of clinical, and forensic practice. 
  • Therapeutic focus on trauma interventions and approaches that help first responders heal
  • Post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) support for flashbacks, nightmares, avoidant tendencies, intrusive thoughts, hypervigilance, mood disturbance and self-defeating thinking.
  • Resiliency-building skills help clients work and heal more effectively
  • Education on trauma, mood disturbance, anxiety and addiction as a normal reaction to extreme, troubling circumstances
  • Individual therapy is the most common approach, however some group interventions are offered
  • Treatment methods can include Prolonged Exposure (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Appropriateness of treatment intervention varies depending on client presentation. 
  • We can also provide psychological assessments that can inform treatment by clarifying diagnosis and providing recommendations

Prevention and Resiliency Training

We are seeing an increasing trend of new first responders wishing to establish a relationship with a clinician and build psychological resilience PRIOR to trauma. Prevention and resiliency training for new members in a first responding profession increases the likelihood that they will seek help early in crisis, which betters outcomes. Resiliency training supports members in realistically anticipating challenges within their new career. In addition, they have a plan to manage potential post-traumatic stress injuries by using strategies from crisis management. An area of focus is also placed on how to effectively parent and partner while working in these professions. 


Psychological Consultation and program development support

The trauma team at Psychology Matters are available for consultation to peer support programs, program development and executive coaching.Our familiarity with complex trauma treatment interventions, and mental health distribution models provides us with a unique perspectives in how to support the specific issues encountered with first responder work.

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