First Responders

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First Responders

Supporting Our First Responders: Specialized Counseling Services

Welcome to Mind/Body Institute, where we honor the dedication and sacrifice of our first responders. Our specialized counseling services are tailored to meet the unique needs of those who serve on the front lines, providing support, guidance, and healing for the challenges they face. Whether you’re a law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or emergency medical technician, our experienced counselors are here to provide confidential and compassionate care to help you navigate the stresses of your profession.

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Understanding the unique challenges

First responders face a myriad of challenges in the line of duty, including:

  • Traumatic Events: Exposure to traumatic incidents can have a profound impact on first responders’ mental and emotional well-being, leading to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.
  • High-Stress Environments: The high-pressure nature of emergency response work can take a toll on first responders’ physical and mental health, contributing to burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma.
  • Stigma and Barriers to Care: Despite the importance of mental health support, first responders often face stigma and barriers to seeking help, including concerns about confidentiality, job security, and cultural norms within their organizations.

Our specialized counseling services

At Mind/Body Institute, we offer specialized counseling services specifically designed to address the unique needs of first responders. Our counselors have expertise in trauma-informed care and understand the complexities of working in high-stress environments. We provide a safe and confidential space for first responders to explore their experiences, process trauma, and develop coping skills to enhance resilience and well-being.

what First responder counseling can address

Our first responder counseling services can help with a variety of concerns, including:

  • PTSD and Trauma Recovery: Our counselors use evidence-based techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to help first responders process traumatic experiences and reduce symptoms of PTSD.
  • Stress Management: Learn practical strategies to manage stress, improve self-care, and promote resilience in the face of challenging situations.
  • Crisis Intervention: Receive support and guidance in coping with crises and critical incidents, and develop skills to maintain emotional stability in high-pressure environments.
  • Relationship Issues: Explore the impact of first responder work on relationships with family, friends, and colleagues, and learn communication skills to enhance connection and support.

The Benefits of Individual Counseling

  • Confidential Support: Our counseling services are confidential and judgment-free, providing a safe space for first responders to explore their concerns and seek support without fear of stigma or repercussions.
  • Specialized Expertise: Our counselors have specialized training and experience working with first responders, allowing them to understand the unique challenges and needs of this population and provide effective support and guidance.
  • Improved Well-Being: Through counseling, first responders can gain insight, develop coping skills, and enhance resilience, leading to improved overall well-being and quality of life.
  • Enhanced Job Performance: By addressing mental health concerns and building coping skills, first responders can improve their ability to effectively manage stress, make sound decisions, and perform their duties with confidence and competence.


First Responder Counseling

Derrick Martin, Traumaologist 

NOTE: Derrick is currently only seeing patients virtually at this time through our HIPAA secured video portal.  All therapy modalities are available virtually. 

walking the line

Experienced help from someone who's walked the line

Prior to his career as a psychotherapist, Derrick embarked on a journey in public safety. Straight out of high school, he began as an EMT-Basic and swiftly pursued further education to become an EMT-Paramedic. His dedication extended to acquiring Professional Firefighter I & II certifications, leading him through various roles within the professional fire service, including EMS Coordinator, Captain, HAZ-MAT Level A Technician, Advanced Arson Investigator, and Fire & Safety Inspector. Driven by an innate thrill for high-stakes situations, he later transitioned into law enforcement, earning his Ohio PEACE officers certification and commission in the State of Ohio.

For over 12 years, Derrick dutifully served the citizens of Ohio. However, an on-duty injury abruptly ended his public safety career. This period marked one of the darkest chapters in his life, prompting him to seek psychotherapy. Through this journey, he was diagnosed with Complex PTSD and underwent EMDR therapy, an experience he credits with saving his life. The challenges he faced and overcame as a patient instilled within him a resolute determination to enhance the standard of care for first responders and other trauma survivors.

Derrick’s fervent passion lies in supporting first responders grappling with overwhelming life experiences, crises, and trauma. His primary therapeutic approach is EMDR therapy and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, both grounded in interpersonal neurobiology and delivered through a trauma-informed lens. Additionally, Derrick finds solace and support through his affiliation with Bill W., fostering connections within the recovery community.

take the first steps towards healing and support

Are you a first responder in need of support? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for specialized counseling services at Mind/Body Institute. Our experienced counselors are here to provide the compassionate care and guidance you deserve as you navigate the challenges of serving on the front lines. At Mind/Body Institute, we honor your service and are committed to supporting your health and well-being.