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Getting into this career was not an easy choice. When it is your calling, your purpose, there is no turning back. You love the work you do, but it's gotten to a point where it isn't fulfilling you the way it did when you started. It has become an issue in your relationships, and you don't know how to change it. The ongoing barrage of hard situations you face every day in your job isn't helping. People who lie, verbally attack you, scream and blame you for the circumstances they created. The things you've seen that you can't unsee. On top of it all, there is the anti-responder culture on social media and in the news. It all begins to weigh you down. It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
First responders face situations every day that most people couldn't even imagine. The long shifts, mandatory overtime, and missed events with loved ones can be exhausting. You want so hard for the job to not effect you after you take off the uniform. But then things happen, and you can't re-engage with the ones you love. Managing emotions with the high-stress days often requires you to check-out emotionally. Checking back in afterwards? Sometimes, it isn't an option. After a while, you begin to struggle with sleeping, more so than usual with the shift work. Your close friends and relatives comment on your moodiness, which doesn't help. You find your job takes its toll. Training did not prepare you for this. There was no "defensive tactics" class on how to manage the effects of your career on your personal life. You find yourself being easily frustrated with little things. You are on edge, and having a hard time getting back to yourself. But you push on through because "it's all part of the job".
Except, you know it doesn't have to be this way. Yes, the job is tough. Yes, the demands are exhausting. No, you can't imagine doing anything else.
We understand first responder life not only because we have studied it, but also because we live it.
You can trust that everything you share with us will be kept private. It is your story to share, not ours.
You will know that we truly care about our responders, meeting you and your department where you are at to help you grow.
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When it comes to the first responder lifestyle, there are few outside of the culture that can understand it. We live it, so we understand in a way that others could never comprehend.
The rhythm of the first responder lifestyle, particularly shift work and inconsistent sleep schedules, makes it that much more difficult to meet your own needs, let alone the needs of your family. Your calling to serve and protect others is often at the expense of your own mental health, even your relationships at home. At Code 3 Counseling, we don't want that to be the sacrifice you make. We are here to help you fulfill your calling in life while also having a thriving and gratifying life at home. Sounds like a unicorn? Trust us, it's completely real, and entirely yours to experience.
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