Counseling for First Responders in Vancouver, Wa

First Responders face a range of unique health and mental health consequences as a result of the critical work you do in our community.

Though committed to running toward danger to provide unwavering support and assistance, many first responders like yourself are reluctant to seek assistance when they need it.  Those that do seek assistance through mental health counseling often find that they spend the first several sessions trying to explain to the counselor what it is like to be a deputy, police officer, fire fighter, paramedic, etc. as the counselor.  It has probably felt like the counselor can’t relate.

Having a counselor here at Compass who was a former law enforcement officer, you can rest assured that you will not have to “debrief” your therapist, translate code, or apologize for what you say or how you say it. We are aware of how difficult it can be for individuals in these fields to be able to seek help for these stressors and how meaningful that help can be.

We know daily stressors can add up to create larger problems when they are not adequately dealt with. Many times people in these positions are expected to (or at least they believe they are expected to) deal with their problems on their own, often leading to feelings of isolation.

At Compass, you are don’t have to spend your valuable time and money explaining these things, but can instead immediately begin sharing and processing the issues that brought you to counseling.



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You’re Not Alone, We Can Help

Traumatic stress and fatigue associated with first responder jobs often lead to higher than average rates of depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and marital tensions.

Additionally, volunteers and many part-time employees in this field have little or reduced access to mental health and support. Families of First Responders also experience a significant unique stressor that others can’t understand: their loved one might not come home from work. These family members can also find compassion and support at Compass from a therapist who was a first responder, who remains married to one after 17 years, and is raising children who also experience the unique concerns and struggles associated with being part of a First Responder family.

We will help you experience a holistic approach to managing your life as a first responder. Through increased connections and understanding you will know that we are here to help. Call today to get started.

You will benefit from counseling as a first responders if:

  • You feel your career is causing a burden on relationships with family and friends

  • You feel alone in your thoughts, emotions, and feelings


  • You have a high level of stress on the job and away from it

  • You feel angry or tense often

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Invest in Yourself

Counseling isn’t about changing who you’ve become as a first responder: you should continue to carry concealed, sit in a restaurant facing the door, memorize license plates. Counseling should help you celebrate who you are now and help you remember what was uniquely a part of you before you started your job.

Being crass, cynical, and pissed off as a means of self-preservation is totally normal in this line of work.  However, counseling allows you to process the negative aspects of the job in a healthy way, and of life in general, to get back to being the kind of person, friend, partner, and parent you want to be. There can be a healthy balance of work and personal life. First responder counseling will help you find balance.

It’s time to start investing in yourself at least as much as you invest in our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Compass wants the therapeutic process to be transparent, so you know what to expect, and feel comfortable. We understand that talking to someone new can bring up feelings of fear and uncertainty for some, so we hope that these questions ease those feelings and bring a certain level of readiness and comfort to seeking help with any one of our therapists at Compass Whole Health.  Check out some of the frequently asked questions in the list below.

If your question isn’t answered here, give us a call at 360-558-7730.


Counseling is tailored to each individual. We work together to determine the best fit for you and your needs.

You can expect the first two to three sessions to be more of an assessment of your needs. Depending on your goals we then formulate a plan of action and can establish a more specific timeline to meet those goals.

Our address is 7017 NE Highway 99, Suite 206. Vancouver, WA 98665

Directions From I-5 Northbound

  1. Take exit 3 to merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St toward Hazel Dell
  2. Merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St
  3. Continue to follow NE Hwy 99
  4. Pass by McDonald’s (on the left in 1.0 mi)
  5. Destination will be on the right

Directions From I-5 Southbound

  1. Take exit 4 for NE 78th St
  2. Keep left at the fork to continue toward NE 78th St
  3. Slight left onto NE 78th St
  4. Turn right onto NE Hwy 99
  5. Destination will be on the left

Please enter through the back of the building (East side) of the building.

Parking: Free parking is available in the Collins Plaza where our offices are located at all hours. We are located inside the Collins Plaza, just minutes from I-5.

ADA Accessible: We are an ADA accessible office. If special accommodations are necessary, please do not hesitate to ask when you are scheduling your consult.

Our set front office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9-5 and Friday from 8-3. Our therapists work by appointment only, and each therapist sets their schedule. To make an appointment or for additional information contact our intake line at (360) 558-7730.

Call 360.558.7730, or *email us at, to request an appointment time with one of our amazing therapists or counselors.

Our front office staff are very knowledgeable and are available to answer most questions you might have about therapy and/or counseling.

We do accept most major insurances for massage therapy and counseling services. Please contact us today and will gladly check your insurance benefits.

At Compass Whole Health each of our therapists have a specific expertise. When you call or email for an appointment, our front office staff will discuss with you the best therapist to fit your needs. We strive to make sure that your experience is the best one from the first time you walk in our doors.

Compass is dedicated to having only the best therapists and counselors in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area. This translates into you having the best therapist and counselor.

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