First Responder Program

Why a First Responder Program?

At Archways we have clinicians with specialized training in the treatment of PTSD and other conditions related to trauma. We work with both uniformed and non-uniformed responders using a trauma-informed model to help them build resilience, cope with stressors, and foster post-traumatic growth. While anyone can develop PTSD, it has been found that “rates of PTSD are higher among veterans and others whose vocation increases the risk of traumatic exposure (eg., police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel” (American Psychological Association, 2013). While a posttraumatic stress injury may be inevitable, PTSD may be preventable. Our program is geared towards helping first responders through providing both individual therapy and group therapy.

What services are offered in our First Responder Program?


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 7 or 8 out of 100 individuals will experience PTSD at some point in their lifetime. While people will experience a range of emotions after trauma, a PTSD diagnosis is characterized by a series of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event, including intrusive memories or dreams of the event, intense distress when exposed to reminders of the event, and avoidance of internal (memories) and external (places, activities, etc.) reminders of the event. Those with PTSD often experience feelings of anger, guilt, or fear, and over time report problems with concentration, sleep, and within interpersonal relationships.

Trauma related disorders

You don’t need to be diagnosed with PTSD to benefit from support. The list below includes other challenges that are common for first responders.

Do I have PTSD?

Feel free to review our confidential and free Trauma Exposure Response checklist to determine if you might have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

First Responder Program Staff:

Gita Canaran, M.A., C.Psych.

Jerrica Hunter, M.Psy., R.P.


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