Certified First Responder Counselor

Dr. Palmer is a former First Responder and served in the US Army National Guard, as well as numerous positions in Corrections, Crisis Intervention, Child Welfare, & Wilderness Medicine. He is also a Certified First Responder Counselor, specialty-trained in the unique culture of First Responders and Law Enforcement Officers. The training program (Cultural Competency for the First Responder Counselor) & CFRC Certification Examination prepares counselors to be culturally competent to support those who protect all of us.

The training one receives to become a CFRC is extensive, and includes:

1. The mentality of a Law Enforcement Officer
2. The perspective of a First Responder
3. The culture / family of response teams
4. The Trauma of being a Responder
5. The triad of health & well-being in regard to safety
6. Suicide in law enforcement & First Responder careers
7. Warrior mentality
8. Peer support vs Peer pressure
9. Denial, Job Security, and other reasons to resist counseling
10. The spouse, children, family of a Responder
11. The real goal of helping a Responder
12. The importance of self-debriefing as a Responder counselor
13. Ethics in Responder careers and those of their Counselors
14. Confidentiality and trust 
15. Rapport with a warrior
16. Common coping techniques of First Responders
17.  Networking & building connections
18.  Resources available to First Responders
19. Helping a Responder manage public criticism
20. A holistically healthy First Responder
21. Changing the culture of First Responder mental health
22. Other issues related specifically to working in a counselor role with a First Responder

Dr. Palmer works with First Responders across the country in Intensive Outpatient Programs, as a Wellness Check-in Counselor for several departments in Utah, and with individual first responders in every state where Dr. Palmer is licensed to practice. If you would like to work with Dr. Palmer, please don’t hesitate to send an email to: alaskaonlinecounselingllc@gmail.com to discuss the specifics and any questions or concerns you may have.

The Certified First Responder Counselor is facilitated by Academy Hour, LLC which has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7092.

CFRC Directory https://www.firstrespondercounselor.com/cfrc-directory

Men and Divorce

It’s a well-known stereotype that men don’t express emotion in the same ways or frequencies as women, but we do know that men have unique concerns and needs when going through a divorce. Over the years, we’ve been asked to provide counseling & support to more and more men in these situations, and we’re here to help you through this. Don’t go through divorce alone!

Out of Network Benefit Solutions!

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I recently joined Advekit, an online platform that helps my clients use their Out of Network insurance to pay for therapy. I’d love to invite you to try Advekit, to see if they can help you reduce the cost of our sessions. It’s completely free for you to use and they try to get you savings up front, or at least work toward your deductible.

To register for Advekit, please click on the following link to visit my profile page, then select:

“Get Started”: https://www.advekit.com/therapists/db-palmer

WHY OUT OF NETWORK?
Most therapists do not work directly with insurance providers, so Advekit helps you use your ‘out of network’ benefits to pay for therapy.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you have a PPO plan, or think you might, please visit my Advekit page to create your profile. Advekit will prompt you to run your insurance and determine your coverage.

Here’s my URL, once again: https://www.advekit.com/therapists/db-palmer

Once you’re registered, I will process your billing via Advekit. After each of our sessions, Advekit will charge you either in full (toward your deductible), or only the amount you owe (if you’ve already met your deductible). You’ll only be charged after completed sessions, and you no longer have to worry about insurance claims, reimbursements, or paying me directly – they take care of it all!

ANY QUESTIONS?
If you have any other insurance questions, feel free to reach out to Advekit’s Billing team (billing@advekit.com) – they’re happy to help!

FOR THERAPISTS: If you’re already a practicing therapist, you may want to check this out for your own practice. https://www.advekit.com/?referral_code=7792649

Process Group Openings

While most of our work in individual counseling, Dr. Palmer specializes in Group Therapy. Especially during “these unprecedented times”, we’re finding that group therapy is more important than ever, giving us connections to others who are dealing with similar challenges, the opportunity to learn from others, and to share your successes and the “tough stuff” as well…

Adult Process Group- featuring DBT-focused curriculum for those dealing with Co-Occurring, depression/anxiety, and relationship concerns. Available to those who are in: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, & Utah.

To ensure a good fit in each of our sessions, group members must complete an initial consultation prior to be permitted to join our groups. Click here to get started!

Southern Oregon Counseling Groups for those affected by the Almeda FIRE

We are based in Southern Oregon and the fires have impacted so many thousands of our neighbors and friends.

For those looking for support, we have online counseling groups available for you to process your loss and to share your experience with others who have felt this grief.

We will get through this. We will rebuild. We will be stronger together.

NOTE: Counseling Groups are a low-fee, affordable service and we do NOT bill insurance for our groups. Additionally, we are waiving the initial consultation fee for all those affected by the fires in Southern Oregon.

Oregon Open!

We are now open for TeleHealth counseling in the great State of Oregon.

After months of completing Oregon’s rigorous and lengthy application process, and during the unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown, we are thrilled to announce that Alaska Online Counseling, LLC is now fully approved to provide Licensed Professional Counseling in the State of Oregon!

Are you in Oregon?

OregonAlaska Online Counseling, LLC is now (temporarily) licensed in Oregon, and finalizing full licensure. If you’re presently in the State of Oregon, we’d be happy to see if we’re a fit.

We have deep roots in Oregon, and we’re honored to be “coming home” to provide counseling for Oregonians!

UPDATE: We are now FULLY licensed in Oregon! (8/4/2020)