First responders such as police officers, fire department workers, EMT’s, paramedics, peace officers, medical personnel, veterinarians, and even social workers are often subjected to emotionally unsettling experiences that can develop into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can lead to symptoms such as severe anxiety, flashbacks, uncontrollable thoughts and nightmares. Some individuals manage to cope with these experiences on a short-term basis but if left undiagnosed and untreated, the symptoms of PTSD are likely to worsen. Sometimes individuals develop problematic coping mechanisms such as gambling, drug/alcohol use or internet addiction(s). Difficulties with emotional regulation can develop which can impact relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.
First Responders Counselling is designed to help people in these professions cope with the things they experience while on the job and process any emotions that come with them.