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On-demand webinar: Firefighter therapy – busting myths and stopping stigma

Dr. Rachelle Zemlok takes the Better Every Shift crew inside the psychologist’s office during First Responder Wellness Week

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Busting myths about therapy for firefighters — including the infamous couch.


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Go inside a first responder psychologist’s office as Better Every Shift co-hosts Fire Lt. Aaron Zamzow and FireRescue1 Editor-in-Chief Janelle Foskett speak with Dr. Rachelle Zemlok about everything you need to know about real-world therapy. In this exclusive event — part of First Responder Wellness Week — we’ll tackle a variety of common misconceptions about therapy, including what it is and isn’t, and detail the many benefits of speaking with a therapist.

Plus, we’ll cover all this:

  • When to see a therapist
  • How to find the right person to help you – general vs. trauma specialist
  • What to expect in therapy
  • Virtual vs. in-person sessions
  • Benefits of therapy
  • EAP vs. insurance vs. out of pocket
  • And much more

Dr. Zemlok and Zam will also discuss their one-on-one “sessions” to spotlight what it’s really like inside a therapist’s office. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like, now is the time to take a look behind the curtain.

Thank you to HeartStart Powered by Sigma for sponsoring this event.


  • “The information that was presented compared to real experiences from a peer is priceless. There wasn’t anything I enjoyed most because I appreciated the webinar in its entirety.”
  • “Great information and great ideas of how to incorporate therapy into training academy and/or department trainings.”
  • “The openness and willingness by Aaron to share his thoughts and emotions like it was a real therapy session was great.”
  • “The presentation was real and focused on being human in crisis-response situations.”
  • “There were several statements that can help me in my peer support work.”



L - R: Rachelle Zemlok, Aaron Zamzow, Janelle Foskett

Dr. Rachelle Zemlok is a licensed clinical psychologist in California, specializing in work with first responder families. She serves as the strategic wellness director at Lexipol, supporting the content and strategy related to first responder mental health and wellness, with a special focus on supporting spouses and family members through the Cordico Wellness App. Prior to joining Lexipol, Zemlok founded First Responder Family Psychology, providing therapy to first responders and their family members.

Aaron Zamzow is a fire lieutenant for the Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Department with 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness. Zamzow is the founder and owner of

Janelle Foskett is the editor-in-chief of, responsible for defining original editorial content, tracking industry trends, managing expert contributors and leading execution of special coverage efforts.