The counselors in this directory have completed the rigorous 40-hour training program, and passed the certification exam with at least a 90% score. While Academy Hour and CFRC does not endorse any counselor or his/her abilities, we do believe the CFRC program provides a counselor with a stronger understanding of the law enforcement and first responder community and the unique counseling and mental health needs of these heroes.

Active CFRC Directory

The Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC) program was first released on July 1, 2019. The first 10 graduates to pass the exam have been named "Inaugural Graduates," and top our directory listing below. Other CFRC counselors are listed alphabetically by last name.

CFRC 8/5/2019 - 8/4/2020

Address: 4800 Whitesport Circle, Suite 2, Huntsville, Alabama 35801, US
Phone: 256-533-9393
Email: [email protected]

Bio: Grace is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Alabama. She has over 24 years of clinical experiences working with adolescence and adults of all ages . Her journey has given her experience in adult and geriatric partial hospital programs, community mental health day treatment programs, individual, couples and group therapy and addressing the diverse challenges of University students while working as a University counselor and disability coordinator. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and conducts mental health training to help bring awareness to the signs and symptoms and the help available for individuals who are experiencing a mental health illness.

CFRC 9/4/2019 - 9/3/2020

Address: 3417 73rd Street, Suite A, Lubbock, TX 79424
Phone: 8065001345

Bio: Rae is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has 10 years experience as a licensed professional, 4 of which have been with law enforcement. She is EMDRIA trained and a licensed TCOLE instructor and Mental Health First Aid instructor.

CFRC 8/16/2019 - 8/15/2020

Address: 2515 White Bear Avenue, A/8-213. Maplewood, MN 55109
Phone: (651) 300-2362


Bio: Dennis Conroy is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is certified in clinical hypnosis and EMDR therapy, and is also a licensed police officer with 30 years experience. He consults with many police departments and has 35 years of teaching experience in an upper division collegiate setting.

CFRC 8/19/2019 - 8/18/2020

Address: 654 W Veterans Parkway, Suite B, Yorkville, IL 60560 US
Phone: 630-553-9686
Email: [email protected]

Bio: Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience in the field. Areas of expertise include forensic social work, substance use disorders, and anxiety and trauma related disorders. In addition to her clinical licensure as a social worker, Laura is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Masters Addiction Counselor (MAC), Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder professional (CODP I), Certified Criminal Justice Professional (CCJP), and Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist (CCJTS). Most of her career was spent working in corrections, and in addition to her work in private practice, Laura is a professor of graduate social work.

CFRC 8/22/2019 - 8/21/2020

Address: 7120 E. Orchard Rd., Suite 308, Centennial, CO US
Phone: 720-854-9973
Email: [email protected]

Bio: Sarah is an authentic and compassionate clinician with over 14 years of experience. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified EMDR therapist and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. Sarah is passionate about working with responders, their families, legal professionals and survivors of trauma. Sarah utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques to help reduce symptoms of occupational stress injuries, teach coping skills and build resilience. Treatment is tailored using a collaborative approach to improve performance and meet goals. Sarah is the wife of a police officer and has worked alongside deputies at a county jail earlier in her career.

CFRC 8/31/2019 - 8/30/2020

Address: 3502 Rolling Forest Dr Spring, Texas 77388
Phone: 281-796-7102

Bio: Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is trained and experienced in EMDR, and specializes in trauma and the effects it has on people and their relationships.

CFRC 8/2/2019 - 8/1/2020

Address: 13055 Riverdale Dr NW, Ste 500-363, Coon Rapids, MN 55448 US
Phone: 763-274-4028
Email: [email protected]

Bio: Brent spent 30 years involved in public service - police, fire, EMS and military. Since retirement he serves those same populations as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and board certified expert in traumatic stress. He teaches and presents from coast-to-coast on almost anything related to surviving and thriving as an emergency responder.

CFRC 8/2/2019 - 8/1/2020

Address Denton County, TX, US
Phone: 469-573-1771
Email: [email protected]

Bio: Bonnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas as well as a Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC). She provides training on topics such as Suicide Prevention for First Responders and Military, PTS(d) Awareness, Complex Trauma, Treatment Implications for Active Duty Military, Veteran and First Responders, and more. As the National Director of Clinical Services for the Help for Heroes Program, she oversees clinical programming across the country for our program specifically designed for Active Duty Military, Veterans and First Responders. She is also the owner of Cultivating Hope Counseling, PLLC, and specializes in treating trauma, addictions and other mental health conditions.

CFRC 8/28/2019 - 8/27/2020

Address: 2500 McGee Drive, Norman, OK 73069, US
Phone: 405-623-3081
Email[email protected]
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Bio: Jessica J. Smith, MHR, LPC Candidate and EMDR trained clinician provides therapeutic services to first responders, first responders spouses and their children who have experienced trauma. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and her MHR in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to becoming a therapist, Jessica worked as a Forensic Interviewer for 8 years. She has presented various trainings and workshops to law enforcement officers on a local and national level. Ms. Smith is married to a police officer in a Norman and they have three children.

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