Counseling For Your Mental Well Being

Did You Know There Are Over 25,300,000 First Responders in the U.S.?*

First Responders are our first line of life saving support and protection. When putting lives on the line in situations that frequently involve high stress and trauma exposure, services such as trauma therapies, couples counseling, or guide dogs can be very effective at helping responders and their loved ones cope with the emotional impact of their trauma exposure.

Counseling Approach

Family and couples therapy are methods of counseling that include the service member's family members. A therapist helps all of those involved communicate, maintain good relationships, and cope with tough emotions. PTSD can sometimes have a significant negative impact on relationships, making this mode of therapy particularly helpful in some cases.

As a new generation of service members returns from deployment, the Department of Defense (DoD) is faced with the challenge of identifying the most effective methods of treatment to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Prevalence estimates of PTSD symptoms based on self-report surveys among warriors in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan vary, but it has clearly been shown to be a significant problem, especially for those exposed to sustained ground combat.

There are several treatment options that health professionals and clinicians can use to effectively treat service members with PTSD. Since there are a number of factors to consider in treating PTSD (e.g., access to services, availability, safety, patient preferences, etc.), it is important to understand the different types of treatments available to service members. -

Guide Dogs

* Source: DHS First Responder Commercialization Article.

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