DFW First Responders Support Network
The DFW First Responders Support Network provides support to local North Texas first responders and their families through outreach and connection to mental health services. We have a vision of a connected network of services and providers throughout the DFW area to support the mental health and wellbeing of our first responders and their families. Officially launched in 2023, the network has brought together peer support professionals, culturally competent mental health providers, and first responder-oriented support organizations to better serve the first responder population in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics respond to intense and challenging emergencies every shift. These incidents often weigh heavily on the mind of each first responder. There is a growing demand for mental health support for first responders. Tragically, suicide rates among first responders is growing. Several departments in North Texas have been impacted by off-duty suicides. As an organization that supports first responders on a daily basis, we cannot sit by and let our heroes suffer. We decided to start this network to better connect mental health professionals with first responders who desperately need them.
FOR FIRST RESPONDERS:
We have a vetted list of culturally competent mental health providers and trauma-based counselors ready and willing to speak with you. Many of them work exclusively with first responders. Some are even prior first responders themselves. The professionals listed below can be incredible resources for you.
Tempa Sherrill is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and the founder and owner of a trauma- and grief-informed practice, The Brave Fight, LLC. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and is currently a Consultant in Training. In 2016 she founded Stay The Course Veteran Services, which provides evidence-based therapies to veterans, first responders, frontline medical workers, and families. In addition to her extensive background within these communities, she brings experience in EMS crisis response as a former paramedic. Tempa is also Senior Director for Strategy and Innovation at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.
As the spouse of not only a combat veteran, but a retired police officer, she understands first-hand the difficulties public servants experience and the invisible wounds that so often are ignored due to the stigma of getting help. She is powerfully aware of the trauma that family members endure and the importance of healing for the family. Tempa believes her work in behavioral health is a calling to empower others to overcome human struggles in order to live resilient lives.
Amanda Noyes, LCSW-S, CCTP, has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings that have equipped her with notable hands-on experience over the past 20 years. She has worked on-scene alongside police, supported doctors and nurses in ER and ICU, and worked next to the U.S. National Guard during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Harvey. Amanda specializes in combat PTSD and is passionate about providing hope and healing to all first responders and individuals who have endured (or are continuing to endure) horrific traumas and unspeakable losses. She is professionally trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) by the Strong Star Training Initiative and is in network with Medicare, BCBS, and Tricare.
Jason Allen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, focusing on trauma counseling, individual and marriage/family relationships. He received a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from LeTourneau University, and Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Criminal Justice from Liberty University. Jason also has several professional certifications including Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) –Master ART Clinician, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As a former police officer and military veteran, Jason brings a unique blend to the therapeutic process and his understanding of trauma and struggles clients go through. Jason works with Local and Federal Agencies throughout the DFW Metroplex.
Mark Chapman, LCSW, LCDC, is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and is professionally trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) by the Strong Star Training Initiative. Mark has been working in the mental health field for more than 30 years and is passionate about helping individuals who are suffering after experiencing trauma, struggling with substance abuse, and dealing with life setbacks to include anxiety and depression. Through his work with the Department of Defense, and later with soldiers at Ft. Hood, Mark became focused on serving our veterans and first responders. Mark is in network with Medicare, BCBS, and Tricare.
Wendy Copeland, MA, LPC, CIRT, CCTP, ICP is a licensed professional counselor, Certified EMDR Therapist, and IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback provider located in McKinney, Texas. Wendy serves individuals exposed to adverse and traumatic experiences, including repetitive exposure to critical incidents. She helps people release from pathogenic memories that wreak havoc, trapped in the brain, body, and nervous system. She helps those who endlessly run into the battle, to recover from the battle, including: first responders, dispatchers, police, and fire so they can return to their lives and occupation, with resiliency and wholeness.
Richard Godoy has been the Victim Services Coordinator for the City of Denton Police Department since 1997. He serves as the department’s crime victim’s liaison with the State of Texas Attorney General’s Crime Victims Compensation Department, and is the mental health professional for the Denton Area Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Richard works with police and fire department personnel who have been exposed to traumatic incidents by providing Critical Incident Stress Management services (CISM). He holds a Master Peace Officer certification, is certified as a Mental Health Officer, and is also a certified police instructor.
Maggie E. Roney M.S. NCC LPC ICP is an EMDR certified counselor and consultant with over 13 years of experience located in Wylie and McKinney. She holds certifications in IASIS Microcurrent Neurofeedback and Functional Medicine as well. This combination allows her to implement an individualized treatment approach for healing. Maggie is very familiar with the first responder life as she is a LEO wife and has had several family members who have served in the military.
FOR FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES:
Much of the trauma witnessed on the job may cause stress at home. That’s why we have identified and vetted several counselors and professionals who can help you and your family through these complex issues.
Carrie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is EMDR Certified. She helps women ages 25-65 find joy on their unchosen journey through Christian based therapy. She has worked in outpatient mental health for over twenty years and has been in private practice at Breedlove Counseling since 2017. Carrie has experience working with women who are experiencing traumatic grief and death of family members from cancer, substance use, and suicide. She has also counseled women experiencing difficult marriages, betrayal, after effects of divorce, childhood emotional neglect, pregnancy loss, and infertility. She has personal experience with navigating infertility with her spouse since 2005. Carrie is also the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and her brother is a career Marine. She is one of the founders of the Christian Therapist’s of North Texas and the DFW First Responder’s Support Network.
As a law enforcement spouse, Cyndi made it her mission to become an expert on law enforcement culture, mental health, and relationships, and has been recognized in Law Enforcement communities for her knowledge and expertise. By educating first responders and partners to understand the unintentional spillover from the job, healing disconnection, and countering the impact in the future, we keep first responders and their relationships safe, connected, and resilient. Critical incidents, OIS, compounded trauma, and PTSD are often a result of working as a first responder community. Cyndi works with clients struggling with these issues by utilizing Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
Carisa Bustillos-Givens, LPC, is a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist, a Certified Career Services Provider, and is obtaining her Perinatal Mental Health Certification. Carisa has more than 15 years of experience and specializes in grief, traumatic loss, and life changes. Additionally, she provides a dedicated focus to those who have experienced fetal demise or perinatal loss. Carisa is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is in network with BCBS and Tricare.
Click on a county below to see a list of vetted providers serving your region.
Are you interested in becoming a vetted provider for our Network? Fill out this vetting form and a member of our leadership team will contact you promptly: Vetting Form
You can contact the leadership team below.
- Safe Call Now – 1-206-459-3020
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Text or call 988, or 1-800-273-8255
- Fire/EMS Helpline – 1-888-731-3473
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- Crisis Text Line – Text “Start” or “Help” to 741-741
- Copline (Law Enforcement Only) – 1-800-267-5463
- Frontline Helpline – 1-866-676-7500