Bridging The Gap
I believe it's important for First Responders & Emergency Services Members to have the right person to speak to. To decompress, debrief and share their experiences, without the fear of over-burdening that person. It can't always be a partner, spouse or colleague; for various reasons. "Bridging the Gap" means there is a grey around that exists, between speaking to a friend, superior or colleague through peer support, and seeking clinical services with a therapist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional.
That's where I come in.
As a Life Coach, I can help you talk out an incident, listen while you unburden yourself, safe in the knowledge that nothing you say will shock or upset me. A space where fear, judgement, shame and embarrassment don't exist.
As a coaching client, you are in control. You set the agenda of what we discuss, what goals are accomplished and what we focus on.
As a CISM qualified Master Certified Life Coach, Former First Responder and Spouse of Current Firefighter, with a background in suicide prevention and crisis counseling, my aim is:
To bridge the gap between peer support and clinical services
Provide a unique level of understanding, awareness and compassion
Offer a non-clinical approach, while providing a safe atmosphere to share your experiences, struggles or concerns
Be culturally competent, experienced and informed
Work towards ending the stigma and fighting the reluctance of First Responders to engage in any kind of help
Present empathy and knowledge of BEING a First Responder, as well as the SUPPORTING partner/spouse of one
It's your life; it's up to you how much effort you are willing to put in to obtain the results/changes/improvements you desire. But you won't be alone...
I'm invested in you succeeding and care passionately about the First Responder community, so if you're my client, we're in this together. I will always care. I will offer you insightful understanding, empathy and compassion; I will encourage, empower, commiserate and validate. This is what I do.
Let me listen in a way you've never been heard.