IT'S OK TO ASK FOR HELP

The resources on this website have been recommended by a member of the California fire service as a resource for their peers. Their listing on this website is not an endorsement. The California Fire Service Task Force on Behavioral Health, its members or its partnering organizations do not endorse any person, organization, activity, product or service.


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Breaking through the stigma

No matter how tough, no one is immune to the anguish that can build from a career of difficult calls.

All too often, we keep the anguish buried inside, afraid to be labeled as weak or unfit. "The 'suck it up, buttercup' mentality believes ... all you need to do is rub some dirt in it and get back out there." Thing is, the same line was used against SCBA, seat belts, turnouts and other safety equipment and practices that are saving firefighter lives. As with any injury, allowing this anguish to fester can lead to to unhealthy habits, behaviors and, sometimes, death.

It's time to break that stigma. Speaking up is not weakness ... it is the strongest, healthiest thing you can do. 


Where to go to find help

Crisis Lines

Safe Call Now - 1-206-459-3020

A 24/7 help line staffed by first responders for first responders and their family members. They can assist with treatment options for responders who are suffering from mental health, substance abuse and other personal issues.

Fire/EMS Helpline - 1-888-731-3473

Also known as Share the Load. A program run by the National Volunteer Fire Council. They have a help line, text based help services, and have a collection of resources for people looking for help and support.

Frontline Helpline - 1-866-676-7500

Run by Frontline Responder Services. Offer 24/7 coverage with first responder call-takers.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

The national suicide hotline. Not first responder specific, but they can talk to anyone who needs help.


National Programs

Firestrong.org -- an online clearinghouse of information about firefighter post-traumatic stress, along with links to peer support resources offered by dozens of individual fire departments.

Local peer support programs -- More and more individual departments and local unions are bringing peer support into the firehouse. Best resource is to contact your local union. We're compiling a list and will update with additional local information as it becomes available.

Significant Others and Spouses -- Program from the First Responder Support Network aimed at helping family members of firefighters deal with family disruptions and issues arising from the stresses of the job.

IAFF Center for Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery -- Comprehensive in-patient recovery center exclusively geared to firefighters. Treatment of substance abuse, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), depression and other psychological injuries linked to the job. (READ: "Firefighters helping others learn to help themselves" -- Washington Post)

West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat -- Recovery center geared toward firefighters and law enforcement. Small-group treatment with intensive debrief and counseling, driven by peer support and geared toward needs of first responders. 

Rotary House Retreat -- Intensive outpatient retreat that provides first responders the opportunity to learn and practice new coping skills while improving personal and professional relationships. RHR focuses on substance abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep disturbances, and other stress - and trauma-related symptoms. 

Simple Recovery – First Responder Program — Simple Recovery offers First Responders trauma-informed substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment designed with the help of First Responder organizations, respected addiction and mental health professionals, and strategic community partners.


Regional Support Services

Northern California

Anthony Mills, MA, MFT
Location: 108A Siskiyou Ave, Mount Shasta CA 96067   
Phone: 530-925-2188       
Insurance: Most major insurance, EAP, does not accept Beacon
Focus: Marriage Counseling

Michel G VanGordon: South Lake Tahoe Therapy   
Location: 3351 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150   
Phone: 530-318-1502    
Insurance: Blue Shield, EAP, Anthem
Focus: First Responders, compassion fatigue, PTSD, EMDR

Pamela Pfitzer, MA, MFCC
Location: 775 Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA 95661   
Phone: 916-781-3402     
Insurance: Accepts most insurance
Focus: First Responders, PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Critical Incidents, and family

Melissa Freitas: Freitas Therapy   
Location: 5180 Grove Street, Rocklin CA 95677   
Phone: 916-634-0342     
Insurance: Accepts most insurance  
Focus: First Responders, Marriage and Family

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Bay Area

Mountain Vista Farm
Location: 3020 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442
Phone: 707-996-6716
Focus: Alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility, located in Sonoma County.

Dian Barkan  
Location: 825 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404   
Phone: 707-579-8044   
Insurance: Self Pay    
Focus: First Responders, PTSD

Greg Burns
Location: Livermore, CA   
Phone: 925-223-7228     
Insurance: Self Pay
Focus: Marriage & Family, Individuals, Trauma, Shame, Crisis

Dr. Mary Dinerman, MD   
Location: 101 Gregory Lane, #33, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523   
Phone: 925-939-7560     
Focus: Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Joel Fay: West Coast Trauma Retreat   
Location: San Rafael, CA   
Phone: 415-720-6653  
Insurance: Accepts most insurance, MHN
Focus: First Responders

Richard Giovannoli, PhD   
Location: 874 Gravenstein Hwy S., Suite 12, Sebastopol, CA 95472 Phone: 707-824-8834     
Focus: Marriage, First Responders

Dr. Dana Nussbaum, PhD, EMDR
Location: 1683 Novato Blvd, Suite 1B, Novato, CA 94947    
Phone: 415-484-1473 
Insurance: MHN, Magellan, Self Pay  
Focus: First Responders, Trauma, Critical Incidents

Barry Pierce, M.D.
Location:  1260 N. Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401    
Phone: 707-525-9045   
Insurance: Self Pay    
Focus: PTSD, Psychopharmacology

Esther Trevino, MTF
Location: 2020 Forest Ave, San Jose, CA 95128   
Phone: 408-896-4585     
Focus: PTSD, Marriage/Family Therapy

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Central CALIFORNIA

Dr. Sharon Johnson, PHD
Location: 1111 E Herndon Ave # 306, Fresno, CA 93720   
Phone: 559-440-0112     
Focus: Clinical Psychology

Sunny Mueller
Location: 3200 21st Street, Suite 101, Bakersfield, CA 93301    
Phone: 661-563-0638     
Focus: First Responders

Jocelyn Roland, PhD, ABPP     
Location: 2937 Veneman Ave # B125, Modesto, CA 95356   
Phone: 209-521-8400   
Focus: Police and Public Safety

Dr. Chet Sunde   
Location: 1302 Oregon Street, Redding, CA 96001   
Phone: 530-244-4436        
Focus: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress

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Central Coast

Kimberly Miller, MS   
Location: 3220 South Higuera Street, Ste 306, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   
Phone: 805-235-1585 
Insurance: Accepts most insurance, EAP    
Focus: First Responders, PTSD, Marriage/Parenting Counseling, NO CRISIS

At Ease   
Location: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura    
Phone: 844-727-3911      
Focus: First Responders

Samantha Tamburro: Engage Therapy   
Location: 60 Hampshire Road, Suite 100, Westlake Village, CA 91361   
Phone: 805-497-0605      
Focus: Individual, Family, Couples, Child & Adolescent, Substance Abuse

Frederick Cohen, MFT  
Location: 5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 103, Westlake Village, CA 91362   
Phone: 805-490-4990 
Insurance: Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health, EAP      
Focus: Marriage Counseling, Anxiety, EMDR, Crisis

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Los Angeles County

Dr. Duggan & Associates
Location: 4137 E. 7th St Long Beach, CA 90804-5311
Phone: 562-433-8152
Insurance: Accepts most insurance, Kaiser, Self Pay
Focus: Multi-disciplinary counseling provider, working with Long Beach Fire Department. 

Dr. Steve Froehlich: LAFD Local 112   
Location: 1314 Westwood Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90024   
Phone: (310) 474-4108 
Insurance: EAP, Self Pay
Focus: Peer counseling team for Los Angeles City Fire Department

Susan Harris MFT: Harris Marriage and Family Therapy   
Location: 731 Beach Blvd, La Habra, CA 90631   
Phone: 562-690-4060       
Insurance: PPO, Self Pay
Focus: Marriage and Family, Anxiety, EMDR

Anne Kellogg: Chiron Center, Inc.   
Location: 455 North Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210   
Phone: 310-701-1140        
Focus: First Responders

Cameron Wardlaw:    
Location: 10153 1/2 Riverside Drive 295, Toluca Lake, CA 91602   
Phone: 818-618-9273 
Insurance: Blue Cross, Blue Shield, MHN, Self Pay       
Focus: First Responders, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Crisis

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Inland Empire

At Ease
Location: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura
Phone: 844-727-3911   
Insurance: EAP, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Magellan, Aetna, Cigna Focus: First Responders

Chaplain Steve Ballinger: Living Shield
Location: Riverside CA  
Phone: 951-683-7878  
Focus: First Responders, Initial PTSD type incidents

John Davis: Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs 
Location: 27919 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 203, Temecula, CA 92590 Phone: 951-514-7450  
Focus: First Responders, PTS for soldiers

Cathy Glassner, M.A./LMFT: Aurora Family Counseling Center 
Location: 24977 Washington Ave., Suite K, Murrieta, CA 92562  
Phone: 951-677-1470  
Insurance: IEHP, TriCare, Blue Shield, Aetna, MHN, EAP, Blue Cross Focus: Firefighters/Military

Juan Gonzalez: Riverside University Health System   
Location: 26520 Cactus Avenue, Moreno Valley, CA 92555   
Phone: 951-486-4000 
Focus: Alcohol, depression, anxiety, family issues

Dr. Jonathan Mills, Ed.D
Location: 4160 Temescal Canyon Rd #309, Corona, CA 92883   
Phone: 951-833-1527        
Focus: First Responders, individual counseling

Jody Ruggiero, MA, LMFT
Location: 2533 South San Jacinto, San Jacinto, CA 92583   
Phone: 951-465-3300
Insurance: Kaiser, Medi-Cal, Blue Cross
Focus: MFT, EMDR, Drug Counseling, Domestic Violence

Stacy Sanderson: Foothill Psychological   
Location: 954 West Foothill Blvd, Ste. A, Upland, CA 91786   
Phone: 909-946-4222   
Insurance: Accepts most insurance
Focus: Marriage & Family

Steve Wysocki, PhD: Alta Loma Psychological Associates   
Location: 9089 Baseline Road, Suite 200, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730   
Phone: 909-980-3567   
Focus: Family Counseling

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Orange County

Simple Recovery – First Responder Program
Location: 1901 Newport Blvd #200, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: 888-743-0490
Focus: First Responders

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San Diego County

First Alarm Wellness
Location: 138 Civic Center Dr., Vista, CA 92084
Phone: (760) 650-4128
Insurance: Accepts most insurance
Focus: San Diego-based clinical and peer-support services, specializing in first responders, PTSI, military.

At Ease   
Location: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura    
Phone: 844-727-3911    
Insurance: EAP, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Magellan, Aetna, Cigna
Focus: First Responders

Catherine Butler Ed. D, LMFT: Butler Therapy, Inc.   
Location: 4582 Palm Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941   
Phone: 619-644-1788   
Focus: First Responders, Family/ Marriage

Sara Gilman, PsyD, LMFTCoherence Associates, Inc.   
Location: 721 N. Vulcan Avenue., Suite 108, Encinitas, CA 92024   
Phone: 760-942-8663   
Focus: PTSD, Couples & Marriage Counseling

Danielle Hering: Thru the Heart   
Location: 1054 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024   
Phone: 760-814-4497        
Insurance: Accepts most insurance, self pay
Focus: PTSD, Relationships

Emily Hunter: First Alarm Wellness   
Location: 138 Civic Center Drive, Vista CA 92084   
Phone: 760-650-4128  
Insurance: Accepts most insurance    
Focus: First Responders

Kaiser : Psychiatry   
Location: San Diego   
Phone: 877-496-0450    
Insurance: Kaiser
Focus: Family Therapy

Ed Mcintyre, MFT: Santee Family Counseling Center   
Location: 9905 Prospect Ave., Santee, CA. 92071   
Phone: 619-449-9937    
Insurance: Sharp, Cigna,
Focus: Individual, Relationship, Children, Adults, PTSD

Judi Schaim, MFT:    
Location: 3033 5th Avenue, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92103   
Phone: 619-298-5536        
Focus: Marriage & Family Counseling

Matt Shobert, MA, EFO, CFO, MIFireE:   
Location: San Diego, CA   
Phone: 619-987-8139 
Insurance: Peer supporter, does not charge for services
Focus: Peer Supporter for First Responders

Miranda Bowersox, MFT
Location: 100 E. San Macros Blvd., Suite 400, San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: 760-566-7738
Insurance: Accepts most insurance, EAP, discounted self pay for firefighters
Focus: First Responders, Family/ Marriage, Trauma, EMDR

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