Trauma and PTSD for First Responders

Unfortunately, those who protect our physical safety every day are often emotionally harmed in the process. First Responders are regularly exposed to trauma and they are very susceptible to experience PTSD during their lifetime. Jada is a uniquely qualified counselor who is dedicated to the specialized needs of First Responders, including firefighters, police officers, dispatch, nurses, doctors, veterans, and EMTs. She counsels victims of occupational trauma and stress to find emotional healing through counseling.


Jada has heavily trained in first responder trauma and PTSD and she uses a combination of therapies to best suit each client. 


  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)

    • During various sessions, Prolonged Exposure Therapy helps victims face and process the traumatic situations in an effort to disassociate certain triggers that cause physical and emotional PTSD responses.   

    • PET is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense.

  • Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

    • Narrative therapy allows victims to contextualize a traumatic event by turning the sensory memories of the trauma into a linear memory. The victim processes these fragments of memories and rewrites their own narrative over a number of sessions.

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

    •  Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which the goal is to reprogram the way certain memories are stored in the brain in hopes of disallowing them to trigger stressful and emotional reactions.

    • Jada was the first counselor in the state of Illinois to be trained in this unique type of trauma counseling.

    • ART is endorsed by the Department of Defense to help first responders resolve trauma and heal.

    • Former Green Beret, Brian Anderson, served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including 33 months in combat zones. He suffered severe anxiety and PTSD and eventually used ART to reclaim his mind and his life. Click here to view his story.

Brian Anderson, A Veteran's Story

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)