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Free Counseling for Children of First Responders in Florida

Free Counseling for Children of First Responder Families in Florida

At Bayview Therapy, we understand the unique challenges that first responders and their children face, and we're dedicated to providing them with the support they need. Through our partnership with the First Responder Children's Foundation (FRCF), we're offer short-term, free counseling services for children of first responder families who reside in the state of Florida (between the ages of 5-26). 

First Responders are the brave individuals who stand ready to respond to emergencies, accidents, and disasters at a moment's notice. From Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and firefighters to law enforcement officers, these courageous men and women selflessly put themselves in harm's way to safeguard our communities.

The challenges of a dangerous and stressful career extend beyond first responders themselves by creating a ripple effect to their relationships with children, spouses, family and friends. The children and families of these brave individuals also bear the weight of unique stressors such as anxiety, secondary trauma, and challenges related to having parents who do shift work. Counseling for first responder families can play a crucial role in enhancing resilience, improving mental health, and promoting overall well-being.

Our free counseling services for the children of first responders through the Resiliency Program is an extension of our commitment to supporting the mental health and well-being of first responders and their families. For years, we've provided specialized counseling services to first responders and their families, helping them manage the stress, trauma, and emotional challenges that come with their vital roles. 

Through the Resiliency Program, children (age 5 - 26) of first responders are eligible to receive up to 10 counseling sessions for free. Each child must have at least one parent who is a first responder and can apply by submitting an application.

Why is Counseling for First Responders
& Their Families Important? 

The experiences encountered by first responders span a wide spectrum, ranging from routine incidents to harrowing emergencies. While some situations may not directly impact them, others can deeply affect their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This can have a huge ripple effect on the people closest to them… their partners, friends, spouses, and children. 

Exposure to traumatic events over time can take a toll on the mental health of first responders, leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These symptoms may manifest in various ways, including difficulty sleeping, hypervigilance, mood swings, isolation, avoidance behaviors, addictive behaviors, and feelings of worry and guilt. Nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive thoughts about specific events are also common among those grappling with the aftermath of trauma.

While the focus is often on the challenges faced by first responders themselves, it's essential to recognize the profound impact these experiences can have on their families, especially their children. The children of first responders are exposed to the secondary stress, anxiety, and uncertainty inherent in their parents' line of work. They may struggle to understand why their parents are frequently absent or why they sometimes seem distant or preoccupied. Witnessing their parents cope with the aftermath of traumatic events can be unsettling and confusing for children, leading to feelings of fear, insecurity, and emotional distress.

Moreover, the demanding schedules and unpredictable nature of first responders' jobs can disrupt family dynamics and routines, making it challenging for children to feel stable and secure. These challenges can take a toll on children's mental health, affecting their academic performance, social relationships, and overall well-being.

In light of these challenges, counseling for the children and families of first responders is crucial. By providing a safe and supportive space for children to express their thoughts and emotions, therapy can help them process their experiences, develop coping skills, improve communication, and build resilience. Counseling also offers parents the opportunity to learn effective parenting strategies, improve communication, strengthen family bonds, and navigate the unique challenges of raising children in a first responder household.

Ultimately, investing in the mental health and well-being of first responders and their families is not only compassionate but also essential for ensuring their long-term health and happiness. By prioritizing counseling and mental health support for first responders and their loved ones, we can help them thrive in the face of adversity and continue to serve our communities with strength and resilience.

It takes a lot of strength and courage to reach out for help. Counseling is not a sign of weakness. Let us help you and your family thrive. Take advantage of the opportunity for free short-term counseling (up to 10 sessions for free) through the Resiliency program by applying now (must have at least one parent who is a first responder to be eligible). 

Our Specialized Therapists for First Responder Are Here to Help You & Your Loved Ones...


First responders exist in a culture all their own and need someone who “gets them.” Whether it’s the unique lifestyle of shift work, the language, and humor of the job, or the relentless exposure to the worst sides of humanity, our counselors for first responders are here to help. 


Children of first responders often experience unique stressors and challenges due to the nature of their parents' work. Witnessing their parents face danger, being separated from them during long shifts or deployments, and dealing with the uncertainty and fear that comes with the job can take a toll on their mental health. Without proper support, these children may struggle to cope with their emotions, leading to increased anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues.


Bayview Therapy's psychologists and counselors are experienced and passionate about working with first responders and their families. Specially trained in evidence-based and proven methods like EMDR therapy, DBT therapy, CBT therapy, Play Therapy, Hypnotherapy, etc. we have the tools to make a real difference. Furthermore, we have several clinicians who have completed advanced training to become "Certified First Responder Counselors".

Counseling for first responders helps in the following ways: 

  • Enhanced Resilience & Coping Strategies: Counseling equips children with resilience-building skills, empowering them to navigate the unique stressors associated with their parents' profession, relationship dynamics at home and at school. By fostering healthier coping mechanisms, therapy enables children to face challenges with greater confidence and adaptability.

  • Improved Work-Life Balance: Through counseling, children learn practical tools to adapt to their parents' demanding work schedules, work/school responsibilities, and family life. By implementing effective time management and self-care strategies, children can better manage their responsibilities and enjoy quality time with their friends and family.

  • Enhanced Mental Health & Well-being: Counseling promotes mental wellness by providing children with a safe space to explore and process their emotions. By addressing underlying issues and developing healthy coping strategies, therapy supports children in achieving emotional stability and overall well-being.

  • Improved Behaviors & Emotional Stability: Counseling helps children address sleep disturbances, behavioral challenges, and emotional dysregulation. By learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques and skills for distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and stress management strategies, children experience improved behaviors and emotional balance.

  • Strengthened Relationships: Therapy facilitates open communication and fosters stronger bonds between children and their family members. By improving communication skills and fostering mutual understanding, counseling helps children cultivate healthier relationships with their loved ones.

  • Reduction in Mental Health Symptoms: Counseling effectively addresses symptoms of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced by children of first responder families. Through evidence-based interventions and personalized therapy approaches for each child/family, therapy helps children manage their symptoms and lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

About the Resiliency Program with First Responder Children's Foundation


We’ve partnered with the First Responder Children’s Foundation (FRCF) to offer free counseling for the children of first responders in the state of Florida. FRCF is a nonprofit that supports first responders and their families with scholarships, grants, bereavement assistance, and mental health support. They are based in New York and are expanding their services to additional states with Florida being one of them.


Their goal is to help as many children, teens, and young adults from first responder families as possible. They offer a ton of amazing programs and are now focusing on mental health as part of their mission.


At Bayview Therapy, we also have a huge passion for helping first responders and their families. For the past several years, we’ve partnered locally with the Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council (BSAC) to provide crisis counseling for the families of fallen officers and support their organization in many other ways.


We are honored for the opportunity to continue serving first responders and their families across the state of Florida through the Resiliency Program. We have vast experience working with the families of first responders and have several Certified First Responder Counselors on our team.


Through the Resiliency Program, children (age 5 - 26) of first responders are eligible to receive up to 10 counseling sessions for free. They must have at least one parent who is a first responder and can apply by submitting an application.

Don't Suffer in Silence, Let us Help.
Apply Today for Free Counseling for First Responder Families in Florida...


Don’t spend another moment suffering in silence. Call us today and let us help you so you can get back to doing what you do best, helping our community.

If you're the parent of a child, teen or young adult between the ages of 5-26 in Florida who is in need of counseling, click here to apply for the Resiliency Program. They may be eligible for up to 10 hours of free counseling as long as they have at least one parent who is a first responder. 


If you're a first responder who is in need of your own counseling (and you're over 26 years old - that's ok - we've got you covered too). Visit our page to learn more about first responder counseling at Bayview Therapy or if you're ready to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or psychologists, call 954-391-5305. We offer a free 15-minute phone consultation so you can chat with a therapist about how we can help.


We have three office locations in Broward County for your convenience (Fort Lauderdale, FLCoral Springs, FL, and Plantation, FL. We also offer online therapy in Florida via phone or video sessions on a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform.  Our team of expert counselors for first responders and their families in south Florida is here to help! 

Additional Counseling Services at Our Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, & Plantation, FL Offices

Bayview Therapy offers many services besides counseling for first responders in our Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs  and Plantation, FL offices. Regardless of what brings you into therapy, we are here to help you find guidance and relief. We hope to walk through is mental health journey beside you collaboratively and intentionally.

We help people across their life span... Sometimes, life gives us unexpected challenges. If you or your loved ones are struggling with more than one challenge, we want you to remember that you're not alone... no matter what you're going through, there's always a spark of hope and we're here to help! 


Our expert psychologists and counselors at Bayview Therapy specialize in different areas. We offer a wide range of counseling and psychological services to support our Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Davie, Weston, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, and Parkland communities.


We provide therapy and psychological evaluations for children, teens, adults, couples, and families dealing with a wide variety of life's challenges across the lifespan. Some of our specialties include depression counseling; trauma therapyteen counseling; child and family counselingcouples counseling or marriage therapy; psychiatric medication management; and more.


We also provide affirmative counseling for First Responders and online counseling options using our secure HIPAA compliant platform.  

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