First Responders

Fireman working in the steam and smoke of a fire representing the unique stressors first responders face. Therapy for First Responders in Ohio is here to help process these feelings.

Whether you've stumbled into the field or it was a calling, you likely enjoy serving others and your community. You live your life putting others first, but it is important that first responders remember to care for themselves as well.

Female firefighter working at the scene of an accident representing the unique set of challenges faced by first responders on a daily basis. Therapy for first responders can help you process secondary trauma effectively. Learn more here.

A First Responders Unique Perspective

But the job description of a first responder is unique because you are exposed to things that would make the average person want to run away and hide. Thankfully, most of your on-duty memories resolve after a few days or weeks. But other memories may stick around and haunt you.

PTSD and First Responders: A Slow Build Up

When this happens, the symptoms of PTSD can creep in slowly. You might be overdoing alcohol to help you escape or to get some much-needed sleep. You may be fighting more with your loved ones and even feel more distant from them. You hate downtime, so you’re picking up extra shifts to try and occupy your mind. You’re worn out, pissed off, and can’t focus.

Dandelion being held and framed by the sunset in the distance representing the fragility of life responders deal with daily and the need for Therapy for First Responders in Kentucky.
Green succulents representing the life and growth that can be improved with Therapy for First Responders in Kentucky.

Asking For Help Is NOT a Sign of Weakness

At Thrive Therapy Inc. our first responder clients often show up a little hesitant about the whole therapy thing. We get it. Our inner dialogue can trick us into thinking we are weak if we ask for help. Or that we can’t handle it. Or that something must be wrong with us. What if recognizing the need for help was seen as a strength, as a way to enhance your career, improve your relationships, and be at peace with yourself? That’s where our team of therapists come in.

Therapy for First Responders in Kentucky and Ohio Can Help

From the moment we meet, we try to work our way out of a job. That’s because PTSD is treatable! On average, we see people for about 3-4 months. During that time, we will buckle down and develop a treatment plan that is proven to be effective for you—both now and in the future. By the end of our time together, you’ll be able to be your own therapist. If you need to check in once we have completed treatment, we'll be available to you, but you will have learned new skills to manage your symptoms so that they don’t interfere with your daily life.

We also recognize that first responders include a wide variety of careers from detective work, police officers, 911 operators, fire-fighter/paramedics, trauma center staff, flight nurses, SWAT team members, physicians, as well as others.


Life as a first responder can be both uniquely rewarding and challenging and we understand that!

If you're at a point where you are considering therapy, it's probably safe to bet you're struggling to manage day-to-day. We're also willing to bet that you'd like to know something is available to help you and give you some relief. Therapy for First Responders offered by our team of therapists at Thrive is here to help meet those needs and help you process the work-related stressors you deal with on a daily basis. You can access Thrive's services using online therapy in Ohio, Kentucky, or New York. Please know that help is available. To get started, use the steps below.

  1. Book a free 15-minute consultation call.
  2. Meet with a Thrive therapist to see if we’re a good fit for therapy.
  3. Overcome your trauma and learn to live in the present once again