“Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.”
– Abraham Lincoln

First Responders

(Ambulance, Correctional Officers, Emergency Medical Staff, Fire, Paramedics, Police and RCMP) 

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISM)
Having a job that increases your risk of being exposed to traumatic events, such as first responders and individuals employed in Correctional Facilities can often mean that you are exposed to and managing very traumatic, life threatening and stressful situations on a daily basis. 

At times you may experience strong or unusual physical and emotional reactions. Your stress reaction may occur immediately, a few hours latter or even a few days latter. Your reaction may worry you and/or those around you but know your reaction is a normal response to an abnormal situation.

A Critical Incident can also follow a traumatic incident in your school, in your community etc after witnessing, and/or being made aware of the trauma/incident. Individuals can experience shock, fear, and feelings of loss of control.

A therapist trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISM) can help by:

Critical Incident stress response Group & Individual Sessions

Defusing – a brief group meeting within 24 hours following a critical incident for on scene emergency personnel.

Debriefings – a group session facilitated by a trained therapist allowing participants to talk about what ahs happened, their thoughts and this reactions and their symptoms. The therapist will provide psychoeducation on the symptoms of Critical Incident Stress and discuss coping strategies

Follow up Individual therapy sessions.

Training in your work environment and/or community.

Services are available via group video conferencing or Individual video conferencing


Get started today with a free and confidential consultation provided by an experienced and compassionate therapist

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