Kethlin Bach Graham
I am Kethlin Graham, I was born and raised in Brazil. I came to the United States on vacation and fell in love with the country. Here you can be someone and plan a future. It will take hard work, but you can get there. So, over the years, I looked for a career where I could give back to the country that gave me so much, so I decided to go into law enforcement. I have fifteen years with my agency, and for the past eight, I have been working as a school resource officer. I love my job but felt that something was still missing and that I could do more to help others. Although I already had a master’s degree, I felt something was missing. I decided that getting a Masters in Counseling was my calling. That was the best decision for me; my passion is to help others, and my background, life experience, and training are the perfect formula. If you are looking for a direct, resourceful therapist passionate about mental health, I would love to work with you.
As a first responder myself, I know we need healing, overcoming struggles related to the demands of the job, balancing with family life, and building our resilience. But, unfortunately, the occupational norms and responsibilities of the position make us think, “It is what it is,” instead of doing the work to shift whatever “it is” that has kept us stuck. As a first responder, you are exposed to disproportionate amounts of trauma regularly, including violence, death, and loss, and subject to vicarious trauma, which involves repeatedly bearing witness to other people’s loss and despair. As a first responder, you might be part of the worst day of people’s lives, and it is important to understand that this, too, takes its toll. I know how hard it is to be vulnerable and ask for help because I had to do it, and I am proud of that decision.
You do not have to be in law enforcement to reach out to me; everyone deserves to find peace and live their best lives. Unfortunately, stress, such as finances, relationships, parenting, work, unresolved trauma, shame, guilt, and many others, can cause depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern working towards my license. I work with first responders, adults, and couples who are going through difficult times in their lives due to past and present trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. My therapy approach is building a rapport based on trust, where the client can be comfortable to share and feel safe to process the event and feelings related to the event, which is usually blocked and disabled by trauma or negative experiences.
You are worth it, and you are not alone; I will guide you through the process; we will cheer the good days and work through the bad ones.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” – Buddha
- Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern #IMH21267
- Trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist
- Ego State Therapist Trained
- Certified First Responder Counselor with Academy Hours
- Certified with the Florida Firefighter Health & Safety Collaborative