First Responders often experience high levels of stress and trauma in the line of duty which can have a significant impact on their mental health and well-being.

Common reasons a first responder would seek therapy include: Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) from experiencing a traumatic event, burnout due to exposure to constant stress and demands of the job, substance abuse as a way to cope, and relationship issues due to shift work and other issues that impact mood.

Katy Wallace, LMFT - Owner and Therapist at Viresco Counseling in Eugene, OR

I started my practice in order to serve those who serve others.

Growing up in a police family, I have experienced the toll that first responder life has on the first responder as well as the ones who love them. I know the impact of shift work, trauma, and the stigma of asking for help. Seeking therapy is an important step, an incredibly vulnerable one, and I want to make sure that you have a supportive space to process the intense experiences, manage reactions and stress from the job, develop skills, and learn resiliency to keep doing what you love.

Providing a safe space for improvement and growth.

As a therapist, and holding the belief that we are doing our best at any given moment, I want to meet you where you are at. I want to provide a safe space of non-judgment that allows you to be vulnerable and do the hard work of improving yourself. I integrate DBT, CBT, and developmental and relational skills from a codependency model.

Building skills to regulate our emotions, challenge our thoughts, and be able to step back from any situation in order to respond from a healthy and functioning place is at the core to improving ourselves. I place a high value on learning skills and practicing them.

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