USA

At the top of this list are crisis resources. This is who you can call when you need help immediately. If you scroll down you can find a list of national resources such as trauma retreats and treatment centers, along with a state-by-state list of resources, and lists for Canada and other countries.


Safe Call Now – 1-206-459-3020

A 24/7 help line staffed by first responders for first responders and their family members. They can assist with treatment options for responders who are suffering from mental health, substance abuse and other personal issues.

Fire/EMS Helpline – 1-888-731-3473

Also known as Share The Load. A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, text based help service, and have also collected a list of many good resources for people looking for help and support.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255

The national (USA) suicide hotline. Not first responder specific, but they can and will talk to anyone who needs help. We’ve been told by one of their founders they have a large number of first responders and veterans who volunteer.

Crisis Text Line

A service that allows people in crisis to speak with a trained crisis counselor by texting “Start” or “Help” to 741-741.

Copline (Law Enforcement Only) – 1-800-267-5463

A confidential helpline for members of US law enforcement. Their website also has additional information on help and resources.

Frontline Helpline – 1-866-676-7500

Run by Frontline Responder Services. Offer 24/7 coverage with first responder call-takers.

Kristin Brooks Hopeline – 1-800-442-4673

Another national (USA) hotline for people suffering from mental health issues.

Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only)- 1-800-273-8255 & press 1, or text 838255

A crisis line specifically for veterans of the US armed forces.

Suicide.org list of local helplines for all 50 states

This list includes thousands of local call numbers for every state in the US. Calling a local number can help put you in contact with nearby resources like counselors or psychiatrists faster than calling a national line.


State by state list of resources

This section contains state-by-state information on mental health resources. Licensed resources include licensed mental health professionals, such as therapists, counselors, and psychologists. Lay resources include peer support teams, CISM, fitness groups, and chaplains.

Some resources may be listed under more than one state depending on the area served. If you can’t find what you are looking for please check back soon, as we will be updating this list frequently. If you know of a resource that should be listed and is not, please contact us.

Alabama

Licensed Resources
Birmingham Anxiety and Trauma Therapy

Birmingham, AL – Dr. Diana Paulk, PhD specializes in trauma and PTSD and has treated first responders. The clinic also offers EMDR therapy, which is beneficial in some people who have experienced trauma or have PTSD.

HOUSE Counseling

Oxford, AL – Run by Anjuli Thompson, MS, LPC. She has experience treating first responders and is married to a first responder. Accepts several insurances and also private pay.

Scott McGee, LPC (Alabama Psychological Services)

Madison, AL – Scott started his career at the DA’s office working cases where he treated victims as well as LEOs and first responders. He is now part of a private practice and has treated many police officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and military servicemen.

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Alaska

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Alaska Firefighter Peer Support

Statewide, AK – Provides mental health and substance use support to firefighters and their family members.

Arizona

Licensed Resources
Michelle Maliniak, MC, LPC

Tucson, AZ – Michelle has 22 years of experience in EMS and the fire service. She specializes in first responders and PTSD, and also offers EMDR therapy. Phone: 520-975-5687

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Arkansas

Licensed Resources
Craig Jones, LCSW

Benton, AR – Practices through the Counseling Clinic, Inc. He comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under his care. (501) 315-4224

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California

Northern California

 

Capitol City Counseling

Carmichael, CA – Cub Eldredge, PhD is a psychologist who comes highly recommended by a first responder under his care. Phone: (916) 489-6082

Frontline Responder Services

CA, NJ, PA – In conjunction with Sprout Health Group they offer residential treatment focusing on stress, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for active, retired, and former first responders along with their families.

Jade DeFrates, MSW, LCSW

Brentwood, CA – Jade is a Christian therapist who runs “Heroes Need Help Too“, an organization dedicated to provide direct, free and confidential trauma counseling to first responders.

Karen Goehring, LMFT

Bay Area, CA – Karen is a former paramedic who now specializes in PTSD, first responders, and EMDR. She also works with the children and families of first responders.

Louisa Parks, PsyD

Bay area, CA – Dr. Parks specializes in first responders and military personnel. She uses EMDR, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy and can also perform CISD sessions.

West Coast Post-trauma Retreat

San Rafael, CA – Run by the First Responder Support Network, the WCPR offers a 6 day residential program aimed at emergency responders of all kinds who are suffering from severe critical incident stress. Their staff includes a number of current and former first responders who understand the unique stressors of the jobs we do.

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Lay Resources
California Peer Support Network

The California Peer Support Association (CPSA), a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.

First Responder Support Network list of first responder meetings.

Statewide – List maintained by the FRSN. Contact info for each meeting is on the list.

Southern California

Licensed Resources
Becky Dennis, licensed psychotherapist

San Fernando Valley, CA – Becky is an EMT who is also a licensed psychotherapist. She specializes in PTSD and depression. She is also certified in CISD and has worked with veterans. (818) 379-3377

Chiron Center

Beverly Hills, CA – One of the programs they offer is the Still Standing equine program. Program participants have unlimited potential to explore effective communication, creative problem solving, leadership development, group performance, and resilience skills.

Eric Weaver, MS, LMFT (New Harbor Counseling)

Glendora, CA – EMDR and EMDRIA certified therapist with experience treating first responders. He also focuses on couples and family counseling, men’s issues, and stress management.

First Responder Trauma Specialists

Vista, CA  – Run by Kristina Casola, LMFT. She has 15 years experience treating first responders and veterans in crisis situations.

Marilyn Ashley, MA, MFTi

Hermosa, CA – Specializes in first responders, providing individual and family therapy.

Rotary House Retreat

Kern County, CA – Modeled after the West-Coast Post-Trauma Retreat. They run a prevention/early intervention program specifically for first responders that runs for 6 days and nights in a private and secluded ranch in the KC mountains.

Sage Wellness

San Marcos, CA – Run by Miranda Bowersox, MFT. She specializes in working with first responders of all kinds and is a former mental health first responder who has first hand knowledge of the challenges, hardships and rewards that occur with this kind of work. She also specializes in first responder couples and families.

Lay Resources
California Peer Support Network

The California Peer Support Association (CPSA), a professional and educational organization, is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and enhancement of peer support and peer support programs for law enforcement, fire and allied emergency service personnel.

Chiron Center

Beverly Hills, CA – Chiron’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) is activated directly by public safety personnel to provide free, 24/7/365, on-scene information, support, and referrals designed to offer immediate, compassionate, and practical resources for community members impacted by trauma and serious loss in the Southern California area.

First Responder Support Network list of first responder meetings.

Statewide – List maintained by the FRSN. Contact info for each meeting is on the list.

Colorado

Licensed Resources
Dr. Daniel Crampton, PsyD, Paramedic

Colorado Springs, CO – Daniel is a paramedic and so he understands the job. He specializes in EMDR, neurofeedback, CBT, and talk therapy. Phone: 719-494-6058

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Evergreen, CO – Dr. Brooks is a licensed psychologist who has experience treating victims of trauma and who has been using EMDR for 20+ years.

Dr. Sharon Stewart, PsyD

Colorado Springs, CO – Dr. Stewart has a limited number of pro bono appointments reserved for first responders. She has 8 years of experience working with people who have a history of trauma and is trained in EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Phone: (609) 424-9237.

The Equine Response Program

Denver area, CO – Equine Response offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning in a group format designed for first responders, retired first responders, active duty military service members, veterans and their families.

Lay Resources
Colorado Crisis Support Network

Statewide – Information on the Colorado Crisis Support Network including team dispatch numbers. AGENCY MUST REQUEST. DO NOT CALL FOR INDIVIDUAL SERVICES.

Foundation 1023

Denver area, CO – Offers peer-supported outdoor activities and wellness outings with the goal of improving mental health. Can refer people to a licensed mental health provider. Also has a branch in Austin, TX.

Connecticut

Licensed Resources
Turning Point Behavioral Health, LLC

Hartford County & New Haven County – Run by Kelly Lynch, LCSW. Kelly has been an EMT since 2003 and specializes in first responders and PTSD. She accepts insurance and also keeps 2 pro-bono spots open for first responders who can not otherwise afford services. 860-856-1696

Lay Resources
Uniformed Services Peer Council

Statewide – Support groups for first responders currently offered in a few locations in Connecticut. More locations expected to be added in the future.

D.C.

Licensed Resources
Eileen Dombo, Ph.D, LICSW

D.C. – Comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. While she does not specialize in first responders she has experience treating them and has a keen interest in secondary trauma. Phone: 202-423-9509

Sandy Kilada, MS, LPC

D.C. – Sandy worked for the DC Metro police EAP providing counseling to law enforcement officers for several years before opening a private practice.

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Delaware

Licensed Resources
Dennis Carradin, LPC

Wilmington, DE – Dennis is a licensed professional counselor and expert in traumatic stress. He is the clinical director for Delaware’s CISM team in addition to having a private practice and engaging in other projects related to first responder mental health. Phone: (302) 489-0220

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Florida

Licensed Resources
Compass Counseling Services, LLC

Orlando and Kissimmee, FL – Book with Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW. She specializes in firs responder trauma and also nurses, doctors, social workers, and military. Provides both individual and couples therapy and is LGBT competent. Accepts multiple insurances and also has a cash rate.

Rebecca Johnson-Brasch, LMHC, NCC, MS

Pensacola, FL – Former deputy sheriff and volunteer firefighter who is now a licensed mental health counselor specializing in PTSD and other mental health issues. Offers both in-home therapy and equine assisted therapy. Does not accept insurance.

S.A.D.L.E.S Ranch

Umatilla, FL – They have experience providing equine assisted psychotherapy to veterans and first responders.

Transformations First Responder Program

Delray Beach, FL – Dual diagnosis program led by a first responder who is also a masters-level therapist. 12-step program based with a variety of additional therapy modalities used. Option of partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment.

11th Hour Trauma Retreat

Greenacres, FL – The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat is an intensive PTSD/Trauma resolution therapy program specifically designed to help first responders, veterans and their families who have been affected by trauma.

Lay Resources
You Are Not Alone

Southeast FL – Provides peer support and also has a chaplaincy program.

Georgia

Licensed Resources
BodyMind Therapeutics, Inc

Carrollton, GA – Ted Ceccoli, MA is a licensed professional counselor and certified clinical hyponotherapist who has worked with first responders and people who have anxiety and PTSD. Phone: 770-838-9806

HOUSE Counseling

Oxford, AL – Run by Anjuli Thompson, MS, LPC. She as experience treating first responders and is married to a first responder. Accepts several insurances and also private pay.

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

Licensed Resources
Cody Todd, PsyD, LCPC (Red Tail Clinical Counseling)

Naperville, IL – Dr. Todd exclusively treats first responders and their families and has extensive experience with these populations. She is educated in a number of different therapy options, including EMDR, DBT, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Hudson Clinical Counseling

Sugar Grove, IL – Owned by Jada Hudson, MS, LCPC, CADC. She specializes in treating first responders and has been involved with the Rosecrance Florian program and the ILFFPS team.

ILFFPS List of Licensed Resources

Statewide – List of licensed mental health providers maintained by the IL Firefighter Peer Support Team. The listed providers have experience treating first responders, specialize in first responders, or were endorsed by a firefighter.

Rosecrance Florian Program

The Rosecrance Florian Program is designed and run by current and retired first responders who also hold degrees as mental health providers. The program offers treatment for both mental health and addition problems in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.

Theresa Thompson-Loy, LCPC, CAMS-II

Effingham, IL – Culturally competent counselor with experience providing CISM/CISD and treating first responder clients. The clinic she works at offers a sliding scale fee system.

Lay Resources
Illinois Firefighter Peer Support

The ILFFPS is a statewide peer support group with over 80 trained peer supporters. The group is supervised by licensed mental health professionals who also have additional education in first responders.

Indiana

Licensed Resources
Indy Public Safety Foundation

Indianapolis, IN – Runs the Comprehensive Counseling Services For First Responders program. Provides free counseling to employees of certain Indianapolis first responder agencies.  You must work for a covered agency to use the service.

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Iowa

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Kansas

Licensed Resources
Kathy Martin, M.S.

Olathe, KS and Joplin, MO – Has worked with a wide variety of public safety members, and also does family therapy and works with children. Comes highly recommended by a first responder who was under her care. 417-781-6228.

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Kentucky

Licensed Resources
Green Line Wellness

Louisville, KY – Dr. Matt Gilbert comes highly recommended by a first responder under his care. Dr. Gilbert has worked with multiple first responder clients, and is able to provide well rounded care.

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Louisiana

Licensed Resources
Patricia Appleton, MSW, LCSW, DCSW

Baton Rouge, LA – Patricia comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. She has experience with PTSD, stress management, and addiction recovery among other things. Phone: (225) 244-9982

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Maine

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Maryland

Licensed Resources
IAFF Recovery Center (IAFF members only)

Marlboro, MD – The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery provides comprehensive and best-practice treatment from clinicians who understand the types of trauma experienced by IAFF members. The Center uses evidence-based approaches for treating post-traumatic stress, including cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy, as well as other activities to assist with recovery.

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Massachusetts

Licensed Resources
McLean LEADER Program

McLean Hospital understands that police, active military and other first responders endure unique on-duty and personal stresses, and also face many obstacles in seeking help. The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) Program at McLean Hospital is proud to provide specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform. Call 617.855.3141 for more information.

On Site Academy

Westminister, MA – The On-Site Academy is a non-profit residential treatment and training center for critical incident stress management. We serve emergency service workers who are in distress. Our program is for all law enforcement, fire service, EMS, or other human service personnel who are themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs, what they have seen, and what they have been through. They are affiliated with the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat in Northern California.

Steve Bisson, LMHC

Holliston, MA – Has worked with law enforcement agencies and has experience treating first responders. CISM trained with EMDR training in progress.

Lay Resources
Fraternal Order of Firefighter Military Veterans (Veterans Only)

Statewide – A non-profit for those who are both firefighters and current or former members of the US military. They offer peer support programs and training. Their support groups and training programs are only available in MA at this time.

Michigan

Licensed Resources
Dr. Adam Pasciak, PhD, LP (Lake Orion Counseling Center)

Clarkston, MI – Dr. Pasciak is a retired police officer and he frequently works with first responders.

Joe Lilly, LMSW (Perspectives of Troy)

Specializes in trauma/PTSD. He normally works with adolescents, but has worked with first responders and we were told he did a fantastic job. (248) 244-8644

Lyle Labardee, MS, LPC, BCC (Amplified Life Counseling & Coaching)

Byron Center, MI – Lyle is a former EMT and firefighter who has experience treating first responders.

Solid Ground Counseling

Plymouth & Brighton, MI – Has experience treating first responders for both mental health and substance use issues. Can provide individual, couples, and group therapy.

Stefanie Tweedly, Psy. D, L.P. (ACW Consulting, Rochester MI)

Specializes in trauma/PTSD and working with first responders/military. They do not bill insurance, but will provide you with the information to submit it yourself. (248) 453-4064

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Minnesota

Licensed Resources
Law Enforcement Family Support Network

MN – They have a list of several licensed mental health providers from around the state who have experience treating law enforcement officers.

Lay Resources
Emergency Ministries

A group of chaplains who have all worked as first responders. They offer a variety of services in Texas and Minnesota.

Mississippi

Licensed Resources
Carlye Carpenter Hutchinson, LPC (Hope Enrichment Center)

Southhaven, MS – Specializes in addiction, dual diagnosis, and trauma/PTSD. Has experience treating first responders and is trained in CISM and EMDR.

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Missouri

Licensed Resources
Charli Prather Counseling & Coaching, LLC

Chesterfield, MO – Charli has extensive experience treating veterans and first responders and is culturally competent for both. She utilizes Cognitive Processing Therapy and is also certified to teach therapeutic meditation and yoga.

Kathy Martin, M.S.

Joplin, MO & Olathe, KS – Has worked with a wide variety of public safety members, and also does family therapy and works with children. Comes highly recommended by a first responder who was under her care. 417-781-6228.

Step By Step Counseling

Excelsior Springs, MO – Lisa James, LCSW is reported to specialize in EMS and PTSD and comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care. (816) 721-4652

Warriors’ Ascent

Kansas City, MO – Specializes in first responders and military veterans who have experienced moral trauma. Their primary program is a free 5 day retreat focused on holistic healing. They offer separate sessions for males and females.

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

Licensed Resources
Dawn Sarna, MFT

Las Vegas, NV – Dawn comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care. 4425 South Jones, Suite D3 Las Vegas, NV 89103. Phone: 702-283-0070

Erika Mellor, M.A.

Reno, NV – Erika and others in her practice provide services for first responders. Phone: 775-329-4582

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

Licensed Resources
Anastasia Pytal, PsyD (Northern NJ Counseling Center)

Little Falls, NJ – Dr. Pytal is a former law enforcement officer who specializes in public safety psychology and treating first responders.

Anna Olsen, LPC

Succasunna, NJ – Reported to specialize in stress, trauma, and PTSD. Anna comes highly recommended by a first responder who has been under her care.

R. Ellen Runyon, MSW, LSW, DRCC, & EMT (Inner Balance Psychology Center)

Pennington, NJ – Ellen has been an EMT since 1982 and one of her specialties is working with first responders who are having PTSD symptoms.

Frontline Responder Services

CA, NJ, PA – In conjunction with Sprout Health Group they offer residential treatment focusing on stress, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for active, retired, and former first responders along with their families.

Dr. Lee Picariello, PsyD (Mind Flex LLC)

Newtown, PA – Has experience treating first responders and comes recommended by a first responder who has been under his care

Princeton House Behavioral Health

Princeton, NJ – Their First Responder Treatment Services provides a full continuum of inpatient addiction and psychological specialty services within a confidential setting for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and military veterans/personnel. We are an acute care facility with medical and psychiatric services specifically designed to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic and acute trauma associated with critical incidents that First Responders confront in the performance of their work.

Robert Watts, M.A., L.P.C, L.C.A.D.C

Mercer County, NJ. His practice is primarily first responders and he is private pay only with a sliding scale. He has experience treating first responders with various mental health conditions, including trauma, anxiety, and substance abuse. 267-79Also I <9-3660

Trauma & Addiction Psychology for Emergency Responders

Statewide – Offers confidential mental health and addiction services to first responders. Up to 12 therapy sessions may be covered for some people. Phone: 1-800-968-1242.

Dr. William Babula, Ph.D

Morris County, NJ – Has experience treating first responders, treating PTSD, and using CISD. 908-720-5090

Lay Resources
Cop2Cop

NJ – A free and confidential help like for NJ Law Enforcement Officers. Offers 24/7 crisis counseling. Also available for question about family and financial issues. Phone: 1-866-cop-2cop (1-866-267-2267)

New Mexico

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New York

Licensed Resources
River Stone Wellness Center

Wilmington, NY – Specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD, and grief. Has experience treating first responders, and is recommended by a first responder who has been under her care. Does not accept insurance.

TRR Warrior Camp

NY – The mission of Warrior Camp® is to create an environment in which the trauma of war can be addressed. Warrior Camp (WC) is a week-long retreat located in serene and secluded locations that foster the development of a close-knit community within which healing can occur. They include a healthy balance of trauma therapy, relaxation and leisure activities.

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North Carolina

Licensed Resources
AI Counseling & Consulting

Fayetteville, NC – One of their counselors, Chris Floro, specializes in PTS in veterans and public safety. He is experienced with EMDR.

Biblically Based Professional Counseling

Asheboro, NC – One of their counselors, Don Bartley, is recommended by a first responder who has been under his care. Don’s practice is equally about spirituality and mental health.

Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders

Winston-Salem, NC – The Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders program is for first responders, military personnel, and their families who have been impacted by their work experience. The Sanders Center residential program provides an educational experience to current and retired first responders and military and their families designed to help them identify signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and others.

Lay Resources
North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program

NC-Leap is a group of trained volunteer law enforcement officers, first responders, and chaplains who are prepared to provide immediate peer support to our brothers and sisters who have been involved in critical incidents and those who are dealing with daily stresses unique to the profession.

North Dakota

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Ohio

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Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center

Akron, OH – Home to the Summit County CISM team, ASSIST 77. They also provide cost-free counseling, substance abuse intervention, material, and spiritual assistance to all police and fire personnel in Summit County. (330) 329-4588

Oklahoma

Licensed Resources
Stephanie Williams, LPC, PC

Edmond, OK – Stephanie comes highly recommended by a first responder under her care. She has specialized in work stress, stress management, EMDR, and PTSD. Phone: (405) 341-7117

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Oregon

Licensed Resources
Drew Prochniak, MA, LPC, LMHC

Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA – Drew specalizes in trauma and first responders. He is the supervising provider for a local peer support team, and has done ride time on the ambulance in order to better understand the job.

Freedom Counseling & Holistic Center, LLC

Salem, OR – Run by April Esry, MA, LPC-Intern and Sandord Esry, MA, MAP, LPC-Intern. Both have focused on first responder trauma during their education and continue to put an emphasis on treating first responders.

Integrative Trauma Treatment Center

Portland, OR – Medication management, acupuncture/Chinese medicine, and massage are offered in conjunction with psychotherapy as an integrative approach to mental health. ITTC offers treatment from therapists who have worked closely with police officers, search and rescue, veterans or who have served in such a capacity themselves. They have a separate office in Vancouver,WA.

Lemecia Lindsey, LICSW

Vancouver, WA – Experienced in using EMDR with first responders of all varieties for both Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD.

Dr. Misha Kleronomos, PsyD (Integrated Psychotherapy)

Salem, OR – Has experience treating first responders and comes recommended from a first responder who has been under her care.

Lay Resources
Oregon Public Safety Peer Support

Oregon’s peer support network resource list. Includes information on regional CISM/CISD teams, along with information on mental health professionals who have an understanding of public safety.

Pennsylvania

Licensed Resources
First Responder Addiction Treatment/Livengrin

Bensalem, PA area. The Livengrin Foundation runs a first responder program aimed at addiction recovery and dual diagnosis treatment. They offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment options.

R. Ellen Runyon, MSW, LSW, DRCC, & EMT (Inner Balance Psychology Center)

Pennington, NJ – Ellen has been an EMT since 1982 and one of her specialties is working with first responders who are having PTSD symptoms.

Frontline Responder Services

CA, NJ, PA – In conjunction with Sprout Health Group they offer residential treatment focusing on stress, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for active, retired, and former first responders along with their families.

Dr. Lee Picariello, PsyD (Mind Flex LLC)

Newtown, PA – Has experience treating first responders and comes recommended by a first responder who has been under his care.

Sarah Kuhn, MA (Weaversville Counseling)

Northampton, PA – Sarah is professional counselor who is an administrative member of her local ambulance corps and is married to an EMT. She is culturally competent when it comes to what first responders deal with.

Shamrock Reins

Pipersville, PA – Provides Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies for Veterans, Active Duty & Reserve Service Members, First Responders, their Families, and the Families of Fallen Heroes.services are provided at no cost.

Soltions et al. Inc

Erie, PA – The clinic has worked with veterans, police, EMS and firefighters suffering from post traumatic stress. They provide EMDR therapy among their treatment options.

Tammy Kogut, MA, SFW

Ligonier, PA area. Tammy is the mother of a paramedic, and has been exposed to the unique conditions of the job and the stress that can occur because of it. While not formally trained in treating first responders she “gets it”. Cell phone (724) 433-6483

Lay Resources
Bucks County First Responder Peer Support Hotline

Bucks County, PA – For first responders in Bucks County only. Police call 267-893-5200, all other first responders call 267-893-5400

Open Lines Peer Support Group

Northampton, PA – Meets the first Friday of the month from 1900 to 2100 at the East Allen Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps station located at 4945 Nor Bath Blvd
Northampton, PA 18067. Contact Justine Huber for more info JHuber@EATVAC.org

Rhode Island

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South Carolina

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Charleston Firefighter Support Team

Charleston, SC – Run in partnership with the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center. They offer a wide range of services tailored to firefighters and their family members.

Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

Charleston, SC – A non-profit organization that provides pastoral care to first responders and their families, along with civilians during emergencies. Chaplains are available 24/7

Firefighter Assistance and Support Teams

Statewide – FAST is non-profit organization run through the S.C State Firefighter’s Association. They operate a number of support groups for firefighters and their family members.

Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team

North Charleston, SC – The FAST group for the North Charleston area.

South Dakota

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Tennessee

Licensed Resources
Carlye Carpenter Hutchinson, LPC (Hamsley Consulting & Associates)

Collierville, TN – Specializes in addiction, dual diagnosis, and trauma/PTSD. Has experience treating first responders and is trained in CISM and EMDR.

Dr. Gary Lee, PsyD

Henderson, TN – Practices through Hughes, McDaniel & Associates. Has experience working with first responders and people who have suffered from trauma. 131 Sanders Ferry Rd #203, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Phone: (615) 822-1222

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Texas

Licensed Resources
Alamo Heights Counseling

San Antonio – A small private practice serving the greater San Antonio area. They have experience working with both first responders and members of the military. One or more of their mental health professionals are trained in trauma and EMDR. EMDR is a therapy technique that can be very beneficial in some people with PTSD or other issues stemming from trauma.

Anchor Marriage and Family Counseling Center

San Antonio, TX – Christian-based family and individual counseling center with experience treating first responders and providing EMDR.

Austin area EMDR providers (misc)

Gary Brothers – 512-834-4141

Regan Lester Rodriguez – 512-329-0881

Bruno Lepore – 512-740-9975

Larry Oulette – 512-912-6332

Howard Lindermann – 512-420-9611

Craig Kern – 512-595-0265

Joel Wyrtzen – 512-697-9613

Joseph Brigandi, NREMT, MS, .Ed., LPC-Intern (Counseling Center of Texas)

Dallas, TX – Joseph is a former career paramedic who specializes in treating PTSD in first responders. He is trained in providing EMDR and is also trained in addressing issues with children and families. Joseph is a student and is being supervised by Betty Alice (Erickson) Elliot, MS, LMFT, LPC-Supervisor.

Professional Counseling and Biofeedback Center

Amarillo, TX – A private practice that has providers who specialize in trauma and PTSD, along with other issues affecting first responders. They also have CISM/CISD services.

Tania Glenn & Associates

Austin, TX – Tania and her colleagues provide counseling and other services for a wide variety of mental health issues, including trauma and PTSD. They have worked extensively with first responders and are familiar with the unique requirements to treat this population. They also have a Trauma Defense Team that can assist agencies in pre-planning for a traumatic event, along with responding after a traumatic event to assist in recovery.

Warriors’ Heart

Bandera, TX – Specializes in a range of treatment options for first responders and military veterans. Programs include a dual diagnosis 28 day inpatient program, plus outpatient and sober living programs.

Lay Resources
Emergency Ministries

A group of chaplains who have all worked as first responders. They offer a variety of services in Texas and Minnesota.

Foundation 1023

Austin area, TX- Offers peer-supported outdoor activities and wellness outings with the goal of improving mental health. Can refer people to a licensed mental health provider. Also has a branch in Denver, CO.

Utah

Licensed Resources
Elements Behavioral Health

Salt Lake City, UT – Located at Journey Healing Centers. They offer a 6-day trauma workshop specifically for first responders dealing with trauma.

Freedom Counseling

Salt Lake City & Layton – Has multiple counselors experienced in treating veterans and first responders.

Paul Callister Counseling

Bountiful, UT – Paul specializes in trauma and PTSD and couples counseling. Is certified in EMDR and has experience treating first responders.

Lay Resources

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Vermont

Licensed Resources
Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleboro, VT – Specialized treatment for stress, trauma, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and more for Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, Veterans, EMTs, Corrections Personnel.

Lay Resources

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Virginia

Licensed Resources
Christina Schultz, MA (Resident in Counseling, New Directions Counseling Group, LLC)

Falls Church, VA – Has experience working with law enforcement and “alphabet soup” federal agencies. Christina is currently a student being supervised by a licensed counselor and can not accept insurance.

Lay Resources

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Washington

Licensed Resources
Acuity Counseling

Seattle & Bellevue, WA – Acuity Counseling has at least 2 counselors who specialize in treating first responders and are culturally competent in these populations.

Drew Prochniak, MA, LPC, LMHC

Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA – Drew specializes in trauma and first responders. He is the supervising provider for a local peer support team, and has done ride time on the ambulance in order to better understand the job.

Lemecia Lindsey, LICSW

Vancouver, WA – Experienced in using EMDR with first responders of all varieties for both Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD.

Sandy Tudor, MA, LMHC (Aquiline Counseling LLC)

Renton, WA – Sandy is a retired police officer and dispatcher who specializes in treating first responders. She is certified in EMDR. She does not accept insurance.

Vancouver Integrative Counseling

Vancouver, WA – Medication management, acupuncture/Chinese medicine, and massage are offered in conjunction with psychotherapy as an integrative approach to mental health. They offer treatment from therapists who have worked closely with police officers, search and rescue, veterans or who have served in such a capacity themselves. They have a separate office in Portland, OR.

Lay Resources

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West Virginia

Licensed Resources

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Lay Resources

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Wisconsin

Licensed Resources

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Lay Resources

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Wyoming

Licensed Resources

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Lay Resources

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Disclaimer: Resources are listed in roughly alphabetical order under their respective state, and meaning should not be derived from the order resources are listed. The resources listed are intended as suggestions only. Seeking mental health treatment is a highly personal experience and a resource that worked for one person may not work for another. We can not guarantee that the resources listed will be able to help your specific issue, are accepting new patients, accept certain insurance plans, or are still in business.


Misc National Resources

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (USA)

This is a government run on-line database of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, both inpatient and outpatient. The database is searchable by location and type of treatment needed.

EMDR Licensed Clinician Search

Tool from the EMDR Institute that allows you to search for clinicians that have been trained and licensed to use EMDR. EMDR is a type of therapy that has been shown to be beneficial in treating traumatic stress and PTSD.

Give an Hour (Veterans only)

A 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have a provider search tool that can help you find someone who meets your exact needs.

Survivor’s Network for Air & Surface Medical Transport

This network provides support, education, and resources to air & surface medical organizations, personnel and their families, and works to help mitigate risk and aid in individual and organizational post-accident recovery. They also put an emphasis on sharing the stories of survivors of medical transport incidents.

AMR’s EAP – 1-888-327-0024 or 1-888-327-1060

Both a link to the Employee Assistance Program website for AMR employees in the US and the phone number to the 24/7 crisis/counseling line. The website has a wealth of advice and education on handling various problems. The phone number should be used if you need help ASAP.

Rural/Metro’s EAP website

The Employee Assistance Program for Rural/Metro employees in the US. You may need a company code or other access information.


Inpatient Treatment Centers

Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleboro, VT – Specialized treatment for stress, trauma, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, anxiety, depression, and more for Law Enforcement, Fire, Military, Veterans, EMTs, and Corrections Personnel.

Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders

Winston-Salem, NC – The Ewart W. Sanders Center for First Responders program is for first responders, military personnel, and their families who have been impacted by their work experience. The Sanders Center residential program provides an educational experience to current and retired first responders and military and their families designed to help them identify signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and others.

Frontline Responder Services

CA, NJ, PA – In conjunction with Sprout Health Group they offer residential treatment focusing on stress, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for active, retired, and former first responders along with their families.

IAFF Recovery Center (IAFF members only)

Marlboro, MD – The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery provides comprehensive and best-practice treatment from clinicians who understand the types of trauma experienced by IAFF members. The Center uses evidence-based approaches for treating post-traumatic stress, including cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy, as well as other activities to assist with recovery.

Elements Behavioral Health

Salt Lake City, UT – Located at Journey Healing Centers. They offer a 6-day trauma workshop specifically for first responders dealing with trauma.

On Site Academy

Westminister, MA – The On-Site Academy is a non-profit residential treatment and training center for critical incident stress management. We serve emergency service workers who are in distress. Our program is for all law enforcement, fire service, EMS, or other human service personnel who are themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs, what they have seen, and what they have been through. They are affiliated with the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat in Northern California.

Princeton House Behavioral Health

Princeton, NJ – Their First Responder Treatment Services provides a full continuum of inpatient addiction and psychological specialty services within a confidential setting for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and military veterans/personnel. We are an acute care facility with medical and psychiatric services specifically designed to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and chronic and acute trauma associated with critical incidents that First Responders confront in the performance of their work.

Rotary House Retreat

Kern Couty, CA – Modeled after the West-Coast Post-Trauma Retreat. They run a prevention/early intervention program specifically for first responders that runs for 6 days and nights in a private and secluded ranch in the KC mountains.

Transformations First Responder Program

Delray Beach, FL – Dual diagnosis program led by a first responder who is also a masters-level therapist. 12-step program based with a variety of additional therapy modalities used. Option of partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment.

TRR Warrior Camp

NY – The mission of Warrior Camp® is to create an environment in which the trauma of war can be addressed. Warrior Camp (WC) is a week-long retreat located in serene and secluded locations that foster the development of a close-knit community within which healing can occur. They include a healthy balance of trauma therapy, relaxation and leisure activities.

Warriors’ Ascent

Kansas City, MO – Specializes in first responders and military veterans who have experienced moral trauma. Their primary program is a free 5 day retreat focused on holistic healing. They offer separate sessions for males and females. Not connected to Warriors’ Heart.

Warriors’ Heart

Bandera, TX – Specializes in a range of treatment options for first responders and military veterans. Programs include a dual diagnosis 28 day inpatient program, plus outpatient and sober living programs. Not connected to Warriors’ Ascent.

West Coast Post-trauma Retreat

San Rafael, CA – The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders, recognize the signs and symptoms of work-related stress including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others. They are affiliated with the On-site Academy on the East coast.

11th Hour Trauma Retreat

Greenacres, FL – The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat is an intensive PTSD/Trauma resolution therapy program specifically designed to help first responders, veterans and their families who have been affected by trauma.

 

Disclaimer: Resources are listed in roughly alphabetical order, and meaning should not be derived from the order resources are listed in. The resources listed are intended as suggestions only. Seeking mental health treatment is a highly personal experience and a resource that worked for one person may not work for another. We can not guarantee that the resources listed will be able to help your specific issue, are accepting new patients, accept certain insurance plans, or are still in business.


Online/Virtual Resources

This section contains online support groups, apps, and other virtual mental health resources. Many of these resources are not country specific.

Apps and Websites

Disclaimer: The effectiveness of therapy/online counseling is an area that is still being explored. We strongly encourage people who use online resources to also have an in-person relationship established with a mental health provider. This list is for information only and inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by The Code Green Campaign.

7 Cups

Website/App – Utilizes both trained listeners and licensed therapists and counselors to provide services. Trained listeners are laypeople trained in active listening who provide free confidential support. Users can also establish a relationship with a licensed professional for a fee. Not first responder specific, but they allow you to pick your listener and therapist so you can find someone who you’re likely to be able to connect with.

BetterHelp

Website/App – Offers online counseling with licensed mental health professionals. Not first responder specific, but they try to match you with a counselor who meets your needs.

IntelliCare

App (Android only) – IntelliCare is a suite of apps that work together to target common causes of depression and anxiety like sleep problems, social isolation, lack of activity, and obsessive thinking. These apps are part of a nationwide research study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

PsyberGuide

Website that rates a large number of mental health apps. Also contains lists of apps designed for specific conditions and apps that follow a specific treatment modality.

PTSD Coach

Website/App – Designed by the National Center for PTSD (a division of the VA). PTSD Coach provides information about diagnosing and treating PTSD, the ability to track symptoms, information on handling stress, and direct links to support and help. Canadian version in French available for iPhone.

Talk Space

Website – Offers online therapy with licensed mental health providers. Intake counselor will match you with an appropriate therapist.

 

Online Support Groups

Disclaimer: These resources are primarily peer based, and there is no guarantee you will get support from someone who has training in peer support. These online groups are not a substitute for a trained resource. This list is for information only and inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by The Code Green Campaign.

A Shoulder for Emergency Services

Facebook group

EMS Support Group by Tales From the Boo Boo Bus

Facebook group

Ontario’s First Responder PTSD Support Group

Facebook group

Project Siren

Facebook group

Project Hope; EMS and PTSD

Facebook group

PTSD Chat

A primarily Twitter based PTSD peer support chat group. They hold weekly “meetings” on Twitter, and participants have included first responders and veterans. Their website also has news and information related to PTSD and mental health.

The Star of Life Initiative

Facebook group

Under the Lid

Facebook group

911 Help Site

Facebook group

 


Canada

OSILink – 1-844-951-4163

A Canada-wide, toll-free, confidential support line for first responders and their families

Tema Conter Memorial Trust – 1-888-288-8036 (Peer Support and Family Assistance Line)

Canadian resource for first responders that offers classes in training and peer support.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

This links straight to the CASP’s “Find a crisis center” page, which allows you to find a crisis center in your province that has a 24 hr crisis line. Their home page also has information on mental health and Canadian specific statistics.

Licensed Resources

OSI-CAN Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Saskatchewan- Aimed at helping people recover from occupational stress injury and/or PTSD. Provided through partnership with Discovery Ranch and Serenity Farms.

Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute

Edmonton, AB – Specializes in trauma therapy for a variety of populations including first responders and military veterans. They also provide workshops and education. Runs the OSILink helpline.

Tema Conter Resource List

A direct link to Tema’s list of mental health resources around Canada.

Lay Resources

#IVEGOTYOURBACK911

Canadian mental health awareness campaign for first responders.

OSI-Can Peer Support Groups

Saskatchewan – Groups are oriented towards first responders and veterans with occupational stress injury and/or PTSD. There are currently groups in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Weyburn, and Moose Jaw. They also have a spouse support group.

Project Trauma Support Peer Support Groups

Canada wide – Project Trauma Support has created weekly Peer Support group meetings in four Canadian cities for those warriors suffering the effects of PTSD. These groups are open to any first responders and military who are interested in healing from the impacts of trauma. Check website for current group locations.

Wings of Change Peer Support

Ontario and New Brunswick – Groups are first responder specific. There are currently peer support groups in Barrie, ON, Ottawa, ON, Chatham-Kent, ON, and Miramichi, NB.

Inpatient Resources

Rally Point Retreat

Sable River, NS – Rally Point Retreat provides a quiet, safe, and relaxing, rural setting on Nova Scotia’s South Shore as a respite for essential services members in treatment for CIS/CSI/OSI/OSIS/PTSD to regroup themselves and reconnect with their families, to prevent further collateral damage from traumatic events.

Sheepdog Lodge

Canmore, AB – A rustic log cabin retreat for Combat Veterans and First Responders to reconnect and recuperate. Peer based support offered


International

Blue Light Programme

UK – A program run by the UK organization Mind. They provide mental health education and support to emergency services staff in England.

Behind The Seen

Australia – Behind The Seen is a series of programs developed to raise awareness of the unique lifestyle and incident stresses experienced by frontline emergency service providers and their families.

Sirens of Silence

Australia – Sirens of Silence is a charity in West Australia that was founded in 2015 after a surge in the number of suicides within the Ambulance Service in W.A. They raise awareness, and provide education and support for all emergency services.

 

Disclaimer
The resources listed are intended as suggestions only. Seeking mental health treatment is a highly personal experience and a resource that worked for one person may not work for another. We can not guarantee that the resources listed will be able to help you, are accepting new patients, accept certain insurance plans, or are still in business.