Solutions For Individuals & Agencies

Specializing in the prevention, evaluation and treatment
of issues affecting First Responders

Public Safety Personnel

Mental Health & Wellness

First Responder First is a Utah-based mental health and wellness company that specializes in working with law enforcement, firefighters, EMS personnel, dispatchers, corrections officers, public safety civilian staff members (including volunteers and retirees), spouses and family members.

We work directly with you and your agency providing needed services to help navigate stress, risk, and trauma through:

  • Regular periodic check-ins and wellness check-ups
  • Counseling and therapy for employees and family members, including volunteers and retirees
  • Critical incident stress debriefings, crisis response assessment and counseling
  • Custom tailored training
  • Peer support development and oversight

Having worked in the industry, we have a unique insight into the struggles facing our Public Safety Officers and First Responders and have been specifically trained to help individuals and agencies. Better mental health and wellness can help with both employee retention and career performance.

The Problem

What You or Your Agency May Be Struggling With

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If you need help in any of the above areas, contact us today to schedule an appointment or enroll in one of the specialized courses.

The Solution

Training, Consulting &
Peer Counseling

Many public safety professionals avoid speaking to a mental health counselor because they distrust outsiders, and most therapists don’t understand this unique culture.

Our employees have worked in this field and understand the struggles many of our First Responders and Public Safety Professionals are facing.

In addition, we have specialized training and experience working with public safety agencies, first responders and their families, crisis response and peer support, and cultural awareness and sensitivity.

With better emotional and mental health comes:

  • greater productivity
  • fewer disciplinary problems
  • less complaints & administrative hassles
  • improved employee morale
  • higher retention and decreased budget issue

My goal is to help you and your organization navigate stress, risk, and trauma (SRT™) and increase confidence, productivity, and self-mastery in order to achieve personal and organizational goals.


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specializing in first responders & their individual needs

Meet the FRFirst Team

Sean Morris, LMFT, SAP, CEAP

Sean Morris, LMFT, SAP, CEAP

Sean is a licensed therapist with over 20 years of experience. He has experience as a firefighter, EMT, and ski patrolman. He has a vast knowledge of mental health resources having run EAP companies, in-patient behavioral health programs, and crisis teams. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Substance Abuse Professional, and Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Sean has run debriefings for first responders all over the state of Utah and serves on the executive board of the state CISM team. He has counseled numerous first responders and their family members, before and after critical incidents.

Sean has developed and implemented a variety of programs such as first responder, peer support, and drug-free workplace programs. He offers invaluable expertise to a broad range of organizations. He is passionate about improvement for individual and organizational success.

Sean has run several marathons and enjoys road and mountain biking, playing racquetball, and snow skiing. He is a committed husband and father and loves to have fun with his family. 

Jeffrey Denning

Jeffrey Denning, ACMHC

Jeff retired from the Salt Lake City Police Department where, among other things, he worked as a CIT detective, hostage negotiator, and peer support supervisor.

Jeff has experience as a SWAT operator, FTO, and firearms instructor and has worked undercover operations. He has served on the executive board of the Utah CISM Team for several years and has helped dozens of agencies with debriefings following critical incidents.

He is a veteran of the war in Iraq and at one time held Top Secret clearances with three government agencies.

As a specialist in crisis response and peer support, he has developed classes and taught hundreds of law enforcement officers, dispatchers, firefighters/EMS, chaplains, and mental health professionals throughout Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. 

Jeff’s second master’s degree is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is trained in EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and other trauma modalities. 

Phil Kearney

Phil is a retired Special Agent/Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

During his time with the DEA, Phil served in multiple locations across the United States, as well as working in 14 other countries and 10 separate deployments to Afghanistan.

Prior to his time with the DEA, Phil was a Salt Lake City Police Officer and detective, a prison guard at the Florida State Prison and a bailiff.

Phil was a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and a tactical instructor for the DEA, and he holds a BS in Judicial Administration and a MA in Organizational Management.  Phil is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session #277.

Phil completed his law enforcement career by serving for more than three years as the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Commander for the state of Oregon.

Sara Allen

Sara Allen has served on the Utah CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Team helping first responders and their families following critical incidents for over 25 years. 

She started off her career as an EMT in the early 80s and then worked as 911 dispatcher for Ogden police and fire departments for over a decade. 

With an interest in trauma and a desire to help others, she received a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling and worked as a high school counselor and as a district Student Services Coordinator before retiring in 2019. 

Since then, armed with a passion to help others, Sara has volunteered or worked full time helping first responders and their families. 

She has served as the lead mental health professional on the executive board of the Utah CISM team and, for a time, volunteered as a law enforcement chaplain. 

She loves old movies, traveling, riding her ATV, and she especially enjoys her grandchildren.

Amanda Albertson

Amanda Albertson

Amanda Albertson is our administrative assistant, working behind the scenes to keep us organized and on track. 

Amanda works full-time as an administrative assistant for a busy fire department in Idaho. 

And she takes her work home with her, so to speak, because her husband is also a firefighter/paramedic. 

Prior to her current position in the fire service, Amanda worked for nearly a decade as a 911 Dispatcher. 

She also has experience as a corrections deputy and reserve patrol deputy with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office where she had collateral assignments as a CIT representative and an FTO. 

Amanda has many years of experience in a peer support role on TRUST—the Traumatic Response Unified Support Team, which supports both law enforcement and fire department operations. 

She has helped support the TRUST team and numerous individuals following a host of critical incidents over the last several years. 

Serenity, FR First white lab



Serenity is a psychiatric facility service animal. She has helped multiple first responders in several critical stress incident debriefings. 

She likes treats and being scratched behind her ears.

For individuals & Public Safety Agencies

Simple Steps to Work With Us

1. Click on the "Contact Us" button

2. Fill out the form with information about how to contact you and where you are located

3. Let us know whether your request is URGENT or for training, consulting, or individual counseling.

Note: We can also be available in the evenings and on holidays and weekends ⁠— because First Responders work those times too. Additionally, if a first responder is in crisis or needs to get an appointment quickly, we can accommodate that.

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