FRC provides outpatient counseling services primarily to first responders and their significant others. FRC offers individual, couples', and family sessions. Additionally, FRC will work with individuals who have experienced trauma or other mental health issues, regardless of profession.
FRC owner and counselor, Bernie Bruha, LPC, NCC, has worked with first responder agencies for the past 15 years. Throughout this time she has been on-call to respond on scene to critical incidents, to run critical incident stress debriefings (CISDs), and to be the psychological consultant for law enforcement Crisis Negotiation Teams (CNT). She conducted annual check-ins for employees in units that were considered to be extra high risk for trauma exposure (i.e. Special Victims Unit, Crimes Against Children Unit). Ms. Bruha held return to duty sessions with individuals after critical incidents or officer involved shootings (OIS). She has provided a range of trainings for local, state, and federal agencies on a variety of topics related to crisis intervention, crisis negotiation, psychological survival for first responders, and trauma-informed work. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has provided this modality since 2014 to help clients process out traumatic experiences and reduce symptomology of trauma disorders.
FRC is currently taking new clients for telehealth sessions. Visit this website for updates about when in-person services will be available.
The agency's focus is to provide trauma-informed counseling while demonstrating an awareness and understanding of the first responder culture. The pressures and stresses of these demanding professions impact each responder and his/her family differently so FRC offers a tailored approach for each client.
FRC strives to combine integrity, ethics, and culturally competent care for all of our clients. Client confidentiality is both a right and a need that FRC promises to protect. We will guard client information and use fully HIPAA-compliant technology.
Are you concerned about confidentiality?
Do you know what questions to ask before starting to make sure the counselor is the right one for you?
If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, please download the article below.
Bruha, B. and Watts, A. (2018) Counseling & Confidentiality: What You Need to Know. Rebuilding Officer Resiliency: A Treatment Guide, pp.11-14.
Call Bernie Bruha, LPC, NCC at 480-209-9332