Services | First Responder Counseling

 

FIRST RESPONDER COUNSELING


Mental Fitness for Police, Fire and Military Personnel and their Families

You knew that being a police officer would be hard but you didn’t think it would be this hard. The family career as a firefighter was what you always wanted and you worked so hard to get to where you are, but now find yourself struggling with aspects of the job you didn’t expect to. When you and your partner started your relationship you talked about the difficulties of managing a rotating schedule and having a family, but now you find yourself frustrated.

Being a first responder has always been hard but in these modern times it feels like it’s even more challenging on individuals and families. Hardly a week goes by it seems, that a high profile incident involving accusations of police use-of-force, allegations of corruption and questions about firefighter response comes in to question. The community may even question your dedication to service and intention to protect the public you serve, leaving you feeling unappreciated and maybe even a little nervous about carrying out the duties of your job. Regardless if these concerns are unfounded or based on false perceptions, it hits you to your core.

Stereotypical worry about PTSD, the risk of coping with stress through the use of alcohol, the pressure the job places on families and relationships are just a few of the threats to a first responders emotional well-being. But you don’t have to face these hurdles alone and there are professionals who understand the unique stressors that you and your family manage on a daily basis.

Acuity Counseling Can Help.

Acuity Counseling therapists are trained tp support you and your unique needs as a Police Officer, Fire Fighter, Emergency Medical Personnel and Military Service Member or family member. Many of our counselors have personal connections to these professions and populations and feel a passion for giving back to those who serve others.

There is no weakness is seeking help, only bravery for being willing to know when you are in over your head. There is no judgement for talking to a counselor, only support for the difficult experiences you have had in life and the struggle you are going through today. By taking care of your own mental fitness, you maintain your ability to continue to support the people most important to you; your significant other in your relationship, your children in your family, your friends and co-workers and the communities you serve.

Being a first responder is a tough profession and hard on those who choose it. The physical threats are clear; you train and sharpen your skills constantly to protect against the highly visible threats. The psychological dangers are more hidden but every bit as real. Knowing how to protect yourself, especially knowing when it is time to get help, is as important to your well-being as any other safety skill.

Acuity Counseling is a multi-disciplinary team of counselors and therapists, specializing in a variety of counseling approaches including Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) & Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). We take great care in matching you with the right counselor to help you reach your goals and maintain both physical and mental fitness.

Acuity Counseling counselors and therapists are ready to help you and your family with….

  • Maintaining Mental Fitness
  • Symptoms of Anxiety – panic, intrusive thoughts, disrupted sleep and eating
  • Symptoms of Depression – sadness, hopelessness, guilt and insomnia
  • Substance use
  • Traumatic experiences, Post-Traumatic Injury & PTSD
  • Couples Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution
  • Academy/training stress & transitioning into retirement

Individuals

Relationships

Families

Children & Teens

First Responders

New! Remote Counseling

Counselors and Therapists

Meet the Acuity Counseling Clinical Team

Each therapist at Acuity Counseling has their own unique specialty and populations they enjoy working with. Below you can get to know each of our therapists by reading their full biography and viewing their introduction video.

If you’re not sure which counselor will be the right fit for you, our Client Care Coordinator can help you decide who is best suited to help you reach your goals. To schedule an appointment or a free 15 min. phone consultation, please email scheduling@acuitycounseling.net or call 206-910-9476.

Colleen Hilton

Colleen Hilton

MA, LMFT

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Maggie Rodriguez

Maggie Rodriguez

MA, LMFT

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Caress Redd

Caress Redd

LMHC, CCMHC

Children, Individuals
and Couples Therapist

Maria Dalbotten

Maria Dalbotten

MA, LMHC

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Rachel Frank

Rachel Frank

MS, LMHC

Individual and Family
Therapist

Abby Kulkin

Abby Kulkin

MA, CDP, LMFTA

Individual, Adolescent
and Family Therapist

Shannon Meyer

Shannon Meyer

MA, LMHC, CMHS

Child, Individual
& Family Therapist

Kayla Moore

Kayla Moore

MS, LMFTA

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Beth Sanders

Beth Sanders

MA, LMHC

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Stephanie Wells

Stephanie Wells

MS, LMHC

Individual Therapist

If you're a clinician, come work with us!

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GET STARTED

If you have questions and would like to talk about any of our counseling services, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation or send us an email.

First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling

We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.

Call Us: 206-910-9476

info@acuitycounseling.net

for Billing questions call:
206-420-8522

SCHEDULING

Use our Online Scheduling Tool or call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.

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INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling of Seattle and Bellevue Washington are in-network providers for most major health insurance companies including:

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Kaiser HMO/Core/PPO

Premera

Regence

United Behavioral Health

 
If we are not a in-network provider with your insurance plan you may still be able to use your insurance benefits for counseling services. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions

Our Location | Contact Us

ACUITY COUNSELING BELLEVUE, WA
Hilltop Office Park
12310 NE 8th St, Suite 202,
Bellevue WA 98005
(206) 910-9476

ACUITY COUNSELING SEATTLE, WA
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 910-9476