Intervention & Therapy

 

FRWC services include individual/group therapy, crisis intervention, individual and group critical incident debriefing and psychoeducation, trauma support, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, trauma and Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy.   We also offer telehealth.  

Telehealth is provided via Simple Practice which is HIPAA compliant and FRWC has a Business Associate Agreement to ensure confidentiality and privacy.   Telehealth can be used from any phone or computer that uses Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.  

 

EMDR, CBT, exposure therapies are evidence based treatments.  These therapies are specifically used for trauma and PTSD and utilized by the Veterans Administration. 

 

First Responders can often feel wary about reaching out for support.  Be assured that psychological services are confidential in nature...prevention and treatment is much better than suffering alone or suicide.  Let us help, we will provide therapy that is solution focused, practical, and realistic for first responders.

We treat:  anxiety and depressive disorders, trauma and stressors related disorders, substance abuse disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder, grief, adjustment to life transitions, occupational stress, illness and physical injuries.  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is active, directive, structured approach to therapy.  Most first responders feel more comfortable in active participation rather than passive. 

 

CBT helps a first responder notice how they think, act and feel.   Often times, we can have assumptions about ourselves and others that can negatively affect our thinking, feeling, and behavior.  CBT can help a person monitor negative thoughts, examine evidence for and against our beliefs, and substitute a more positive, reality-oriented interpretation for our emotions and begin active problem-solving.    

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy where a person can diminish negative feelings and visceral reactions when recalling a troubling memory or trauma.  This is accomplished by bilateral stimulation, talking or thinking of the event, deep breathing, and reprocessing the emotions to be more realistic appraisal and adaptive response to the event itself.  

Exposure Therapy is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique that is intended to help a person face and gain control of the fear and distress that is overpowering their body.   This must be done systematically to not overwhelm the body.  Slow and progressive exposure may include imaginal (thinking about it) or in vivo (directly facing it).   A client is never forced to do anything they are not comfortable, again this is slow and progressive.  

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