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

Acuity Counseling Services

Therapies and Services our Counselors specialize within

Therapy is a collaborative process where you and your counselor work together to explore things in life that may not be working well. This is a uniquely safe space where you can truly be yourself, without fear of judgement. Where you can pause to breathe and focus on being your best self. Together, with your therapist, you identify areas for growth, learn better skills for handling your negative thoughts and feelings and implement changes to reach your goals for a better life. Counseling can help you to manage the symptoms that stand in the way of being happy, whether it be anxiety, depression or relational issues.

New! Remote Counseling

Not enough time? Uncomfortable with office visits? We are able to help with Acuity Remote Counseling (ARC).

Individuals

A collaborative process where the client and the counselor work together to facilitate positive change. As experienced counselors, we help you to make progress towards your goals.

Relationships

Increasing each individual’s awareness of the patterns within the relationship, you become more able to make distinct choices around communication with your partner.

Families

Using family systems based therapies our counselors consider each individuals needs while partnering to create positive changes.

Children & Teens

It can be hard to sort through feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness and being overwhelmed by all that is happening in their lives.

First Responders

Police, Firefighters & Medics: Anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, PTSD, substance abuse and relationship stress are not uncommon.

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

Kristina Anderson

Kristina Anderson

MA, LMHC

Individual and Trauma
Therapist

Joanne Blum

Joanne Blum

MS, LMHC, NCC

Individual Therapist

Maria Dalbotten

Maria Dalbotten

MA, LMHC

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Zach Dungca

Zach Dungca

MA, LMFT, MHIMCP

Individual, Couples and Child
Therapist

Evey Duran

Evey Duran

MS, LMFT

Individual and Teen Therapist

Rachel Frank

Rachel Frank

MS, LMHC

Individual and Family
Therapist

Shannon Goodwin

Shannon Goodwin

MA, LMHC, CMHS

Child, Individual
& Family Therapist

Kayla Moore

Kayla Moore

MS, LMFT

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Daley Ruthven

Daley Ruthven

MA, LMHCA

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Beth Sanders

Beth Sanders

MA, LMHC

Individual and Couples
Therapist

Hannah Tanaka

Hannah Tanaka

MA, LMFT

Individual and Relationship
Therapist

Julia Williams

Julia Williams

MA, LMHCA

Individual, Teen and Family
Therapist

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

MA, 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.

Call Us: 206-910-9476

INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling proudly accepts most major health insurance plans.

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Kaiser HMO/Core/PPO

Premera

Regence

United Behavioral Health

 

Acuity Counseling Locations

Seattle

Bellevue

Bothell/Woodinville

BELLEVUE, WA
Cascade Place II
12729 Northup Way, Suite 6
Bellevue WA 98005
(206) 910-9476

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

BOTHELL/WOODINVILLE
Falcon View
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
(206) 910-9476

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