Therapists

Therapist Listings for First Responders Across Canada - See our Therapist Criteria for listing particulars.

Find a listing by province of trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors across Canada who have announced to Badge of Life Canada / Insigne de vie Canada the availability of their services to assist those who connect with us.

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“Badge of Life Canada is pleased to be able to help our visitors obtain the professional help that they may need.  We believe strongly in the practice of Voluntary Mental Health Checks before having to address traumatic events in one’s life and strongly urge those who suffer of PTS, to seek and maintain a professional relationship with a therapist for their own well-being.

On separate pages listed by province, you will find a list of trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors who have announced to Badge of Life Canada the availability of their services to assist those who connect with us. We do not endorse one professional over another, as it is always a matter of personal choice, so we will list as many trauma professionals,  therapists and counsellors as we can to help you choose the best professional to address your needs.  Individuals have a responsibility to investigate their own treatment or self-care strategies and the associated literature or research involving those treatments or self-care strategies.

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For Trauma Professionals, Therapists and Counsellors who wish to be listed

You must meet the Therapist Criteria below.

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Therapist Criteria

  • The individual must be registered, licensed, or chartered by an overseeing regulatory body in the jurisdiction in which they practice.
  • The individual must be a member in good standing of the regulatory body in the jurisdiction in which they practice and provide proof of same when requested. If the individual is under review or not in good standing the onus is on the individual to inform Badge of Life Canada. Badge of Life Canada reserves the right to remove the individual's listing until they return to good standing.
  • The individual must carry their own liability insurance in an amount as may be directed by their regulatory body.
  • The individual must conform to the code of ethics and the monitoring programs of their respective professional regulatory bodies.
  • Licensed professionals must participate in continuing education to maintain their credentials, as directed by their regulatory body.
  • The individual must be currently working with clients dealing with OSI's for more than 10 hours per month in their practice.
  • The individual must return timely responses to their clients and provide referrals if nescessary
  • The individual must respect the belief and mission of Badge of Life Canada; that PTSD is an OSI, a psychological injury, and that people with an OSI or post-traumatic stress can recover in order to find a “new normal” and experience post-traumatic growth in a healthy manner, both personally and professionally.

Therapeutic Techniques

Law Enforcement Traumatic Stress: Clinical Syndromes and Intervention Strategies by Laurence Miller, Ph.D

Trust and the Therapeutic Relationship
Difficulty with trust appears to be an occupational hazard for workers in law enforcement and public safety who typically maintain a strong sense of self-sufficiency and insistence on solving their own problems. Therapists may therefore frequently find themselves “tested,” especially at the beginning of the treatment process.

As the therapeutic alliance begins to solidify, the officer will begin to feel more at ease with the therapist and may actually find comfort and sense of stability from the psychotherapy sessions. Silva (1991) has outlined the following requirements for establishing therapeutic mutual trust:

Accurate Empathy: The therapist conveys his or her understanding of the officer’s background and experience (but beware of premature false familiarity and phony “bonding”).
Genuineness: The therapist is as spontaneous, tactful, flexible, and non-defensive as possible.
Availability: The therapist is accessible and available (within reason) when needed, and avoids making promises and commitments he or she can’t realistically keep.

Respect: This is both gracious and firm, and acknowledges the officer’s sense of autonomy,control, and responsibility within the therapeutic relationship. Respect is manifested by the therapist’s general attitude, as well as by certain specific actions, such as signifying regard for rank or job role by initially using formal departmental titles, such as “officer,” “detective,”lieutenant,” until trust and mutual respect allow an easing of formality. Here it is important for clinicians to avoid the dual traps of over familiarity, patronizing, and talking down to the officer on the one hand, and trying to “play cop” or force bogus camaraderie by assuming the role of a colleague or commander.

Concreteness: Therapy should, at least initially be goal-oriented and have a problem-solving focus. Police officers are into action and results, and to the extent that it is clinically realistic, the therapeutic approach should emphasize active, problem-solving approaches before tackling more sensitive and complex psychological issues.

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Therapeutic Strategies and Techniques

Since most law enforcement and emergency services personnel come under psychotherapeutic care in the context of some form of posttraumatic stress reaction, both clinical experience and literature (Blau, 1994; Cummings, 1996; Fullerton et al, 1992; Kirschman, 1997) reflect this emphasis. In general, the effectiveness of any intervention technique will be determined by the timeliness, tone, style, and intent of the intervention. Effective interventions share in common the elements of briefness, focus on specific symptomatology or conflict issues, and direct operational efforts to resolve the conflict or to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

In working with police officers, Blau (1994) recommends that the first meeting between the therapist and the officer establish a safe and comfortable working atmosphere by the therapist’s articulating : (1) a positive endorsement of the officer’s decision to seek help; (2) a clear description of the therapist’s responsibilities and limitations with respect to confidentiality andprivilege; and (3) an invitation to state the officer’s concerns.

A straightforward, goal-directed, problem-solving therapeutic intervention approach includes the following elements: (1) creating a sanctuary; (2) focusing on critical areas of concern; (3)specifying desired outcomes; (4) reviewing assets; (5) developing a general plan; (6) identifyingpractical initial implementations; {7) reviewing self-efficacy; and (8) setting appointments for review, reassurance, and further implementation (Blau, 1994).

Blau (1994) delineates a number of effective individual intervention strategies for police officers, including the following:

Attentive Listening: This includes good eye contact, appropriate body language, and genuine
interest, without inappropriate comment or interruption. Clinicians will recognize this intervention as “active listening.”

Being There With Empathy: This therapeutic attitude conveys availability, concern, andawareness of the turbulent emotions being experienced by the traumatized officer. It is alsohelpful to let the officer know what he or she is likely to experience in the days and weeks ahead.

Reassurance: In acute stress situations, this should take the form of realistically reassuring the officer that routine matters will be taken care of, deferred responsibilities will be handled by others, and that the officer has administrative and command support.

Supportive Counseling: This includes effective listening, restatement of content, clarification of feelings, and reassurance, as well as community referral and networking with liaison agencies, when necessary.

Interpretive Counseling: This type of intervention should be used when the officer’s emotional reaction is significantly greater than the circumstances that the critical incident seem to warrant.

In appropriate cases, this therapeutic strategy can stimulate the officer to explore underlyingemotional stresses that intensify a naturally stressful traumatic event. In a few cases, this may lead to ongoing psychotherapy.

Not to be neglected is the use of humor, which has its place in many forms of psychotherapy, but may be especially useful in working with law enforcement and emergency services personnel. Ingeneral, if the therapist and patient can share a laugh, this may lead to the sharing of moreintimate feelings. Humor serves to bring a sense of balance, perspective, and clarity to a world that seems to have been warped and polluted by malevolence and horror. Humor evensarcastic, gross, or callous humor, if handled appropriately and used constructively may allow the venting of anger, frustration, resentment, or sadness, and thereby lead to productive, reintegrative therapeutic work (Fullerton et al, 1992; Miller, 1994; Silva, 1991).