This podcast focuses on first responder mental health and wellness.
Our hope is to utilize our podcast to help first responders who need help, understand how counseling services can meet the need.
We also hope that this podcast can bring awareness to common issues faced by first responders, to fight the stigma around seeking help, and to bridge the gap by building trust between the responders and competent providers.
Always remember, it may be your battle, but you don't have to fight it alone.
Episode 18:How We Talk to Ourselves: A Chat with Liz Durfee
Our inner dialogue, or how we talk to ourselves, can significantly impact the way we respond to life's challenges and roadblocks. Today, Liz Durfee, a mental health professional who specializes in military and first responder mental health, joins us to discuss how we can take back control from those inner negative thoughts.
EPISODE 11: Parenting as a First Responder Part 1: A Chat with Rachelle Zemlock, PsyD
On the first part of this two part series, we talk with Rachelle Zemlock, PsyD. Rachelle is a licensed psychologist and is the owner and founder of First Responder Family Psychology.
Rachelle shares about common parenting struggles faced by first responders, and how you can create the connection you are longing for with your child.
EPISODE 10: Enjoying the Work You Do: A Chat with Bridget Truxillo
On this episode, we have Bridget Truxillo from Protective Wellness. She shares her experience working for the sheriff's department, getting into law, and creating a program for first responder wellness.
She also shares tips and strategies to help you enjoy the work that you do.
EPISODE 9: Getting the Right Help: A Chat with Amy Morgan
Today on the Code 3 Counseling Podcast, Shawn & Alisha have a fun discussion with Amy Morgan, founder and CEO of Academy Hour. Amy specializes in working with first responders on managing their mental health.
Through Academy Hour, Amy and her team provide free mental health training and resources for first responders. Amy also runs the Certified First Responder Counselor program where professionals go through a rigorous training curriculum to better understand how to help first responders well.
EPISODE 8: The Importance of Time Off: A Chat with Off Duty Destinations
Let's face it: going on vacation can take a lot of energy! And when you already work in some of the most stressful and exhausting careers on the planet, it is hard to take time off and check out.
But the thing is, taking time off from work is essential for your mental and physical wellbeing! And it doesn't have to be hard.
In today's episode. Alisha talks with Matt and Leslie Howard from Off Duty about ways you can take care of your personal wellbeing as well as your favorite relationships through taking fun and relaxing vacations!
EPISODE 7: KEEP YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT: HEALTHY COPING SKILLS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Not all coping skills are effective for first responders. In this episode, Shawn & Alisha talk about the different coping skills you can practice as a first responder to keep your head on straight. Add a few new helpful tools to your toolbox and share them with others.
Remember, it may be your battle, but you don't have to fight it alone.
EPISODE 5: BURNOUT AND FIRST RESPONDERS
Shawn & Alisha talk about burnout in the first responder world. In this episode, they help you understand what burnout is, what it looks like, and what to do about it. How do you respond to it? How do you prevent it? How do you help a friend struggling with burnout? Listen to this episode to learn all of these and more!
EPISODE 3: TRAUMA AND THE BRAIN
In todays episode, Shawn and Alisha talk about the ways trauma can impact first responders. We explore the different nervous systems and parts of the brain that are engaged when exposed to dangerous situations.
Listen to hear about how your experiences as a responder can impact your physical and biological functioning. And what you can do about!
EPISODE 2: IS COUNSELING REALLY CONFIDENTIAL?
Today we are talking about confidentiality in counseling and the myths around it all. For many first responders, the worry about how counseling can impact their job can be a major roadblock for them being able to seek mental health support. Listen to learn more about the importance of confidentiality in counseling!
EPISODE 1: WHY A CODE 3 COUNSELING PODCAST?
Welcome to the Code 3 Counseling Podcast! In this episode, we share a little about about ourselves and our lives in the first responder world. We also talk about the reasons why we decided to start this podcast. We are excited to help you get to know us a little bit more!