You got into this work to do good, to help people. To make the world a better place.
But somewhere along the way, something changed. You don't feel like you belong anymore, or like you are supposed to be here. You find yourself questioning if it is worth it anymore.
The overtime, the missed family celebrations, the way the job has changed your relationships. You don't feel productive at work, or fulfilled at home. And being in the first responder and military world, your career becomes a part of your identity. Which makes this struggle even harder for you.
You find yourself thinking about changing it all. Starting over someplace else. Maybe a different department in a different state, or maybe in a different field altogether.
But you know that this can't be a rash decision, and you need someone who can bring a more objective view to the mix, to help you see things in a different and more productive way.
Our careers are supposed to fill us with a sense of satisfaction, filled with joy. For first responders and military folks, the purpose in serving something that is greater than yourself is an important part of the career.
Our counselors can help you find that sense of purpose again!
We are able to work with you on finding the obstacles that have created a negative atmosphere around your career for you, and then help you figure out what to do with them. Whether you stay in the responder field, move to a different department, or find a new career path, we can support you in enhancing your work-life balance and finding meaning in the work that you do again.
Let us help you find joy in the work you chose to do!
So many responders struggle with understanding when it is time to seek counseling. Professional counseling services can help first responders who are experiencing the following responses to career dissatisfaction:
You feel dread and doubt about your career. Thinking about having to go to work gets you into a funk. So much so that you have a hard time focusing on the time you spend with the ones you love outside of work.
You have become critical and cynical at work. The old salty veteran in the back of briefing when you were on FTO? You swore you would never be him, and now you find yourself turning into exactly that.
You have received negative evaluations from supervisors. People in command are having to address the ways you act at work, the way you talk about work when you are at work. Others are noticing the impact your cynicism has on department morale.
You lack the energy and drive to be productive. You just can't get started, and you can't do it right like you used to. The paperwork, the typical tasks around the firehouse, it all takes so much more focus and time than it used to for you.
You don't feel satisfied with your work anymore. What used to make you feel good about the job, the camaraderie of it all, now brings no joy or fulfillment.
You believe you would benefit from critical incident counseling. You know yourself best. And you are very intelligent. Follow your gut and get help.
"What most people see is a badge, behind and beyond the badge is what they need to know... the person."